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Classification:
A blue-tit is a member of the tit family.


Appearance:A blue tit is a small bird. It is 12 cm long. It has a blue cap with white cheeks and yellow underparts. The young birds are more yellowish overall. The blue tit has a bit of white on its head, big black eyes and a black beak.
They have small tails and short beaks. When oil shines on them they shine beautifully. It looks green and light yellow.


Diet:

They love peanuts and bird cakes, and are often first on the feeders. They also love suet cakes and some seeds. The robin is very territorial, and likes eating alone.


Behaviour: A blue tit makes a "churr" sound. It's song is a clear, quite high-pitched "tsee-hee-he-hee...". It's call is a series of scolding chuckles, and also many short twitters. The blue tit is so light and it is so acrobatic that it can feed from the thinnest branches where bigger birds can't reach. It is only a small bird, but it scolds bigger birds when they try to push them out of the way. It is very hard to see a blue tit. It is a wild bird and not a pet bird .


Habitat:
Blue tits nest in tree holes - or nest boxes if you put them up.
Blue tits breed throughout Ireland. They prefer broad-leaved woodland, but also in farmland, parks and gardens. They nest in cavities in trees or walls, often choosing unusual sites such as a pipes or letterboxes. The most common place to find blue tits in Ireland is Knocksink woods.


Other Interesting Facts:

  • A well known legend about the robin is that he was there when Jesus was crucified. When jesus was getting crucified the blood dropped from him and landed on the robin and thats how the robin got its red breast.



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