Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse
(Baeolophus bicolor)

Order:  Passeriformes
Family:  Paridae

Photo © Gregg Williams

Tufted Titmouse Information

Length:  6 - 6.5"

Habitat:  Deciduous and mixed woodlands; residential areas with shade trees; swampy wooded areas; a habitat requirement is dead trees with existing nesting cavities.

Diet:  In summer, mainly caterpillars; also spiders and insects, and their eggs and larvae. In fall and winter: berries, seeds, acorns.

  Song and calls of the Tufted Titmouse

   Another photo of Tufted Titmouse

Preferred Bird Feeder Food

Tufted titmice favor sunflower seeds. They also enjoy peanut hearts and suet. They will sometimes eat other seeds in seed mixes.

These birds will use tube feeders, hoppers, platform feeders, and suet feeders.

Additional Information

Tufted Titmouse
Facts about the habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, and migration of this bird. Includes photos, range map and sounds. (From Audubon Field Guide)

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

By Putneypics [CC-BY-2.0], via WC

Tufted Titmouse
Identification Tips

  • Short bill
  • Gray crest
  • Dark forehead
  • Pale gray upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Rusty flanks
  • Sexes similar
  • Often found in small flocks

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

Tufted Titmouse Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Winter Map from eBird

Sightings of the Tufted Titmouse Nov-Mar over last 10 years

Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS