Tufted Titmouse

Long regarded as a southern species, the Tufted Titmouse has been spreading northward in recent years. Now these tame, confiding birds are familiar visitors at feeders from Michigan to New England.


Richard Paul
Tufted Titmouse
Roland Jordahl
Tufted Titmouse
Cheyenne B. Ware
Tufted Titmouse, juvenile


Tufted TitmouseRoland Jordahl
Roland Jordahl Tufted Titmouse

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: Natural cavities in trees; female lays three to nine creamy spotted eggs.
Voice: Resembles “Peter, Peter, Peter” call; also has a harsh chattering sound to warn other birds of intruders.
Habitat: Deciduous woodlands, preferably in swamps and river bottoms; has adapted to residential wooded areas.
Diet: Insects, berries and seeds.
Backyard Favorites: Sunflower and safflower seeds, most kinds of nuts, peanut butter and suet.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the Tufted Titmouse’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Tufted Titmouse Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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