Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolor
6" (15 cm). Sparrow-sized. Gray above and whitish below, with rust-colored sides and conspicuous gray crest. Black-crested Titmouse, found in southwestern Oklahoma and Texas, is similar but has black crest.
A whistled series of 4 to 8 notes sounding like Peter-Peter, repeated over and over.
keep-her song & tsip calls
tiska-say-say & other calls
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Swampy or moist woodlands, and shade trees in villages and city parks; in winter, at feeders.
Resident from eastern Nebraska, southern Michigan, and Maine south to Texas, Gulf Coast, and central Florida.
Titmice are social birds and, especially in winter, join with small mixed flocks of chickadees, nuthatches, kinglets, creepers, and the smaller woodpeckers. Although a frequent visitor at feeders, the titmouse is not as tame or confiding as a chickadee. It often clings to the bark of trees and turns upside down to pick spiders and insects from the underside of a twig or leaf. The Black-crested Titmouse, found from southwestern Oklahoma and northern Texas south into Mexico, was until recently considered a subspecies of Tufted Titmouse.
5 or 6 brown-dotted white eggs in a tree cavity or bird box stuffed with leaves and moss.