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16

Coal Tit

(Periparus ater)
German name(s): "Tannenmeise"
Size: 10-11.5 cm Weight: ca. 9 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Coal Tit at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "ater"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a Coal Tit issuing its call (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Jabuka mountain, Serbia, 2017]

Near-frontal view of a Coal Tit issuing its call from an elevated perch (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Jabuka mountain, Serbia, 2017]

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Coal Tit (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Port of Sesimbra, Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, December 2022]

Frontal view of a Coal Tit looking sideways (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Port of Sesimbra, Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, December 2022]

Near-frontal view of a Coal Tit; note the characteristic white hindneck (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Port of Sesimbra, Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, December 2022]

Near-lateral view of a Coal Tit (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Jabuka mountain, Serbia, 2017]

Lateral view of a Coal Tit (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Port of Sesimbra, Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, December 2022]

Lateral view of a Coal Tit (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Port of Sesimbra, Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, December 2022]

Lateral view of a Coal Tit (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Vlasina Lake, Serbia, October 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a Coal Tit (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Port of Sesimbra, Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, December 2022]

Dorsal view of a Coal Tit (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montesinho Natural Park, Montesinho, Braganca, Portugal, July 2022]

Dorsal view of a Coal Tit - note the white hindneck and the double wing bar (photo courtesy of G. Normand)
[Pyrenees, near Merens-les-Vals, Ariege, France, in June 2021]

Race "britannicus"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Near-lateral view of a Coal Tit (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Hyde Park, London, England, September 2019]

Lateral view of a Coal Tit visiting a bird feeder with small seeds (photo courtesy of C. Pears)
[Borrowdale, Lake District, England, September 2023]

Lateral/ventral view of a Coal Tit (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Hyde Park, London, England, September 2019]

"Bum shot" of a Coal Tit, presented here to show the characteristic white nape (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Hyde Park, London, England, September 2019]

Food, Diet

Near-dorsal/ventral view of a Coal Tit with a seed taken from a pine cone (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, December 2019]

Head-on view of a Coal Tit visiting a bird feeder, together with a Eurasian Blue Tit; the "large rocks" in the feeder are peanuts (photo courtesy of C. Pears)
[Borrowdale, Lake District, England, September 2023]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

coaltit_jp_20220207.mp3 ater (Portugal) Contact calls? © JP
coaltit_dw_20200823.m4a ater (Poland) Territorial calls? © DW
coaltit_dw_20200823_2.m4a ater (Poland) Territorial calls? © DW
coaltit_jp_20220220.mp3 ater (Portugal) Territorial calls? © JP

More Coal Tit sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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