Tufted Titmouse

Baeolophus bicolor

The Black-Crested Titmouse of Texas and Mexico was once believed to be a form of the Tufted Titmouse. The two species hybridize where they meet, but they differ slightly in their calls. There are genetic differences as well.

These birds hoard food in fall and winter. They share this behavior with many of their relatives. Titmice exploit bird feeders when they can, and they hide many of the seeds they find. The storage sites are often within 130 feet of the feeder. They take only one seed per trip. And they usually shell the seeds before caching them.

Tufted Titmice nest in tree cavities and man-made nest boxes, but they can not carve their own nests. They use natural holes left by woodpeckers. Their dependence on dead wood for their homes is one reason we should allow dead trees to stand in forests rather than cutting them down.

Taxonomists do not recognise any subspecies (they are monotypic). 

I launched an expedition to explore eastern Canada and the USA in the spring of 2023. My journey carried me through Kansas, where I met my first Tufted Titmice. Later, I met more of these perky specimens in Ohio, Virginia and Alabama. In 2020, I traveled to Texas for the first time. When I met Black-Crested Titmice there, I mistook them for Tufted Titmice. The differences are subtle.

Range Map for Tufted Titmouse
Range Map

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