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Great Tit

(Parus major)
German name(s): "Kohlmeise"
Size: 12.5-14 cm; wing span 22.5-25.5 cm
Weight: 14-22 g

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Great Tit at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "major"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Great Tit (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Near-frontal view of a male Great Tit (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2017]

Family clan of Great Tits raiding food provided by an obliging human; male on the right (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, October 2015]

Direct comparison between a male Great Tit, back, with an Eurasian Blue Tit, front (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, December 2015]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Great Tit; note the pale front and the partly fragmented central stripe (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, December 2015]

Near-lateral view of a Great Tit (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, December 2015]

Near-lateral view of a Great Tit (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, December 2015]

Lateral view of a Great Tit (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, December 2015]

Lateral view of a female Great Tit, here taking food from a feeder (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, December 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a female(?) Great Tit (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, December 2015]

Dorsal view of a female(?) Great Tit (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, October 2015]

Sex unknown

Lateral view of a Great Tit (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, October 2015]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-lateral view of a fledgling Great Tit (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2015]

Lateral view of a fledgling Great Tit (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2015]

Lateral view of a fledgling Great Tit begging for food (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2015]

Race "newtoni"

ADULT

MALE

Partly obscured near-lateral view of a male(?) Great Tit (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Hyde Park, London, England, September 2019]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female(?) Great Tit (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Hyde Park, London, England, September 2019]

Race "corsus"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal/ventral view of a male Great Tit (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2015]

Near-frontal view of a male(?) Great Tit (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2018]

Near-lateral view of a male Great Tit (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, November 2016]

Lateral view of a male(?) Great Tit (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2017]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a wet female Great Tit (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Quinta da Vilarica, Assares, Tras os Montes, Portugal, May 2018]

Near-frontal view of a female(?) Great Tit (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2018]

Lateral view of a female Great Tit (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of a juvenile Great Tit; note the pale front and the yellow gape (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2015]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Great Tit (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2015]

Food, Diet

Lateral view of a Great Tit with its prey, a grub (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Great Tit with its prey, a larva (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Quinta da Vilarica, Assares, Tras os Montes, Portugal, May 2018]

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.

greatit_dw_20160602.m4a major
(Poland)
Family Q&A © DW
greatit_dw_20160816.m4a major
(Poland)
Q&A (pair) © DW
greatit_dw_20170402_1.m4a major
(Poland)
Territorial calls(?) © DW
greatit_dw_20170402_3.m4a major
(Poland)
Warning calls? (Eurasian Jay) © DW
greatit_dw_20170215.m4a major
(Poland)
Various © DW
greatit_dw_20170215_2.m4a major
(Poland)
Various © DW
greatit_dw_20170112.m4a major
(Poland)
? © DW

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