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Coal tit

Periparus ater britannicus


This bird has an olive hue to its brownish-grey back plumage. It is 10–11.5 cm in length, and has a distinctive large white nape spot on its black head. The head, throat and neck of the adult are glossy blue-black, setting off the off-white sides of the face and the brilliant white nape; the white tips of the wing coverts appear as two wingbars. The underparts are whitish shading through buff to rufous on the flanks. The bill is black, the legs lead-coloured, and irides dark brown.


It is typically a bird of temperate humid conifer forest. I saw it just in the woods near the osprey observatory of Loch Garten.

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1 Comment

PedroNicolau 7 years ago

Coal tits are awesome!

The MnMs
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The MnMs

Scotland, United Kingdom

Spotted on Jun 21, 2013
Submitted on Aug 4, 2013

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