Tufted titmouse with sunflower seed

Tufted titmouse on bird feeder

Tufted titmice

Tufted Titmouse facts:

  • The Tufted Titmouse is a regular at backyard bird feeders, especially in winter. They prefer sunflower seeds but will eat suet, peanuts, and other seeds as well.
  • Tufted Titmice hoard food in fall and winter, a behavior they share with many of their relatives, including the chickadees and tits. They store many of the seeds they get, usually, within 130 feet of the feeder. The birds take only one seed per trip and usually shell the seeds before hiding them.
  • These little birds line the inner cup of their nest with hair, sometimes plucked directly from living animals.  Hair types identified from old nests include raccoons, opossums, mice, woodchucks, squirrels, rabbits, livestock, pets, and even humans.
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