Crested Tit

Sterna paradisaea

From a distance, this is quite a dull coloured tit with predominantly grey-green upper parts, buff flanks and a white breast.

 The white cheeks and lack of wing barring identify it at this range. More closely it has a very distinctive black and white crest, which it can fan and raise upwards.

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Discover more about the Crested Tit

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When to see

Resident throughout the year, it is more visible during the summer period when accompanied by feeding young.

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Where to see

Its main habitat is the ancient pine forest and newer Scots pine forestry plantations of the Central and Eastern Highlands, from the River Spey catchment to the Dornoch Firth.

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Did you know?

It is limited in its range as it only nests in old pine trees. May be seen foraging through conifers in the company of other tits such as coal, great and blue tits, where its crest easily distinguishes it.

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Related Species

Scottish Crossbill

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When to see

Resident throughout the year, it is more visible during the summer period when accompanied by feeding young.

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Where to see

Its main habitat is the ancient pine forest and newer Scots pine forestry plantations of the Central and Eastern Highlands, from the River Spey catchment to the Dornoch Firth.

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Did you know?

It is limited in its range as it only nests in old pine trees. May be seen foraging through conifers in the company of other tits such as coal, great and blue tits, where its crest easily distinguishes it.

Dolphin Icon Blue
Related Species

Scottish Crossbill

Binoculars Icon Blue
When to see

Resident throughout the year, it is more visible during the summer period when accompanied by feeding young.

Map Icon Blue
Where to see

Its main habitat is the ancient pine forest and newer Scots pine forestry plantations of the Central and Eastern Highlands, from the River Spey catchment to the Dornoch Firth.

Book Icon Blue
Did you know?

It is limited in its range as it only nests in old pine trees. May be seen foraging through conifers in the company of other tits such as coal, great and blue tits, where its crest easily distinguishes it.

Dolphin Icon Blue
Related Species

Scottish Crossbill

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