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Small 'titmouse like' bird. 13-15 cm long including the tail (7-9cm). When flying it looks like a small ball pale ball with a tail. Breast and face white, with distinct pinkish tinge to the flanks and belly. Black band,from the forehead running alongside the crown to the nape. Back and tail black with a broad area of red brown across the shoulder. Also has a red orbital ring.
Found in mixed deciduous woodland with good undergrowth. Usually seen in family groups foraging or in a mixed flock of other tits and finches. This bird was found in the Northern Scotland where it is less common than the rest of Britain.
Although called a Tit, this species is actually more closely related to the group that includes warblers, swallows and larks. Ref: Collins Bird Guide to Britain and Europe.