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Bird name:

Marsh Tit

Poecile palustris

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Titmice (Paridae)

BTO 2

MT

BTO 5

MARTI

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Red Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Marsh Tit is resident in England, Wales, and southern Scotland. It has a "Red" status because of sharp, recent population declines..

SUMMARY

Overview

Marsh Tit: Small, highly active bird with grey-brown upperparts and buff underparts. Head has large white cheeks patches, a glossy black cap that extends onto the nape, and a small, tidy black bib. Bill is black, legs and feet are grey. Flight is undulating, alternating flapping with short glides.


Range and Habitat

Marsh Tit: Resident throughout Wales, England, and southern Scotland. More common in the south of Wales and England. Most remain in their breeding territories year-round. Found in parks and farmland with scattered woods and thickets, also in open deciduous forests. In the winter may visit large gardens.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"pitchoo", "chip-chip-chip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Marsh Tits have also been known as Saw Whetter, refering to their scolding call.
  • In a Norwegian study, they were observed for two hours and 15 minutes. They cached 83 seeds and ate 43 per hour.
  • Their numbers in the UK have declined by more than 50% since the 1970s. Damage to woodland shrub cover by the overgrazing of deer may be a factor.
  • A group of tits are collectively known as a "banditry" and "dissimulation" of tits.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
CrestX
Tufts of feathers on the head of the bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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Parts of a Standing birdX
Head Feathers and MarkingsX
Parts of a Flying birdX