How to Identify a Tufted Titmouse

Long regarded as a southern species, the tufted titmouse has been spreading northward and is now a familiar visitor across the east.

What Does a Tufted Titmouse Look Like?

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Tufted Titmouse
Cheyenne B. Ware
Tufted Titmouse, juvenile

Scientific Name: Baeolophus bicolor.
Family: Chickadee.
Length: 6-1/2 inches.
Wingspan: 9-3/4 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Gray above and white below, rusty-brown flanks, prominent pointed crest and large dark eyes.

Nest and Eggs

They nest in natural cavities in trees; female lays three to nine creamy spotted eggs.

What Does a Tufted Titmouse Eat?

tufted titmouseCourtesy Lisa Pascuzzi

Their diet mainly consists of insects, berries and seeds. Backyard favorites include sunflower and safflower seeds, most kinds of nuts, peanut butter and suet.

Bird Song

A tufted titmouse sits on a branch in fall.Courtesy Patty Jennings

Listen to the tufted titmouse’s song. Their call resembles “Peter, Peter, Peter” and they also have a harsh chattering sound to warn other birds of intruders.

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Range Map and Habitat

Look for these birds in deciduous woodlands, preferably in swamps and river bottoms; however, they have adapted to residential wooded areas.

Tufted Titmouse Bird Species

Range maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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