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Bearded Tit (Bearded Reedling)

Panurus biarmicus


Male (shown) has a black 'moustache' and grey head which females lack. Shiny black legs and small bright yellow bill. Often seen climbing reed stems.


Dense reed beds dispersed through Europe. This bird photographed at Radipole Reserve in Dorset, England.


Although called a 'Bearded Tit' this species hasn't got a beard and isn't even of the Tit family. It is of the Babbler family and is the sole representative of this group in Europe.

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triggsturner 6 years ago

Thank you Sharon. Sorry I only just noticed your comment.

SharonLove 7 years ago

That is a stunning photo :-)

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Polila.

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thanks Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Stunning photos.

triggsturner 7 years ago

Ava, I take your point but have to advise that when I went to edit and add a reference, the system refused to load the updated sighting quoting that my URL was incorrect. I am sorry but I don't know how to fix that.

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you everyone for your great comments. Funny thing is the birds were feeding on reed flowers in a gale so getting these images was quite a challenge.

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Beautiful series!

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 7 years ago

What a beautiful bird captured in your amazing photos!

armadeus.4 7 years ago

Amazing series! Thank you for sharing :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Fantastic photos. He's a cute little guy.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

This is a lovely and interesting spotting. To make it complete, and useful to researchers using this site for data, please edit this and add a reference (Wikipedia, Encyclopedia of Life, something else) about this species in the reference field of your spotting. Please do this for each photo you post. Thanks for helping to make Project Noah a complete reference tool for scientists.

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Weymouth and Portland, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Feb 6, 2015
Submitted on Mar 15, 2015

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