Tufted Titmouse in Winter

Tufted titmouse.
Tufted titmouse. Image by Gregory Sabin from Pixabay

Appearance: The tufted titmouse is a small bird about 6″ long with slate gray above, white on its chest, belly and around the eyes. Below the wings is a patch of rusty brown, the legs are gray and eyes are dark. They have a pointed “tuft” crest.

Winter diet: Seeds and fruits left on the branches & vines.

Winter feeder food: Suet.

Winter habitat: Tufted titmice are year-round birds in the eastern half of the US. They prefer orchards because of the fruit availability and may hang around through winter to glean whatever remains on the vines. They also live in deciduous wooded areas or mixed woods.

Tufted titmouse range map.
Tufted titmouse range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.