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Tufted Titmouse - Adorable and Curious Bird

Article and photos by Kathryn Mann

I think the Tufted Titmouse is the most adorable looking bird in Oklahoma. They are a small bird, six inches in length, and are usually heard before they are seen. Their song is a lively whistle that sounds like "peter-peter-peter".

Tufted Titmouse enjoying the sunshine

Most Tufted Titmice spend their entire life within a two mile radius of where they were born. In the wild they typically live less than three years, but some have lived as long as 13.

Tufted Titmice have a distinctive crest of gray feathers on the top of their head. They have a black forehead with grey around their eyes. Their bodies are gray on top and white to light gray on their chest and belly. They are rust or chestnut-colored on their sides. Males and females look the same.

Tufted Titmouse on the Pathfinder Trail in Bartlesville

Tufted Titmice mate for life and live together as a pair.

The primary food source of the Tufted Titmouse is seeds and nuts. They have a short and powerful black bill that they use to crack open seeds and shells. 

Unlike most birds they do not eat all the food they find at once, but store much of it in the crevices of trees or buried in the ground for later use.

This Tufted Titmouse came closer to me after I whistled to him

Tufted Titmice are very curious birds. If you softly talk or whistle to one it often will come closer to determine who is talking to it. 



Herly      2:50 AM Sat 12/26/2015

Nice to see a Song Sparrow there. And the Downies. We just had a pair show up yesterday after not sneieg them for quite some time. You got some great shots of them. http://heyukkv.com [url=http://nwcnda.com]nwcnda[/url] [link=http://pfxsnnj.com]pfxsnnj[/link]

Ziko      5:24 PM Thu 12/24/2015

You've got some lovely <a href="http://zoweodfeky.com">pieurtcs</a>, Dan. I love sitting on my porch and watch the birds at the feeder. In the mornings the chickadees usually announce to everyone that breakfast is served. I have started discouraging woodpeckers though since they have destroyed one of my trees.

Bashar      1:58 PM Thu 12/24/2015

Wow! I love the shots of the baby birds. I saw a Flycatcher one time in my yard just passing thuogrh. I wish I could keep some of them around. Very pretty birds.My feeder mostly attracts cardinals, wrens, chickadees and titmice. I also get some Red-Bellied Woodpeckers. Tip: put out unsalted, shelled, roasted peanuts. They love em! :-)

Cristiane      5:55 PM Tue 10/13/2015

Recently I saw a titmouse of some type at a state park in Northern Georgia. It was not a<a href="http://lgexepup.com"> tuetfd</a> as it lacked the black above the beak and the chestnut under the edge of the wings. It was the typical gray and white. The difference was the gray on the flight feathers was bluish and it had bright blue legs/feet.What kind of titmouse is this?

Rini      4:52 PM Mon 10/12/2015

Come to think of it, I was wearing a black jaekct when that chickadee came so close last week. I don't think I've ever met a tufted titmouse in person. They're cute birds.

becci      9:58 PM Wed 7/30/2014

i have lots of these little birds at my house....they look like they are pretending to be blue jays...they have big personality to boot

Rachel      9:12 PM Sat 11/9/2013

The first image is a black-crested tit, not a tufted titmouse!

Uplifting Visions
a guide to happiness, good health, and success
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by Charly Mann

From the age of seven I have been enchanted with the idea of living happily ever after, and have made it a life quest to find that answer. I have spoken to hundreds of people – usually older and wiser than me, and read countless books and articles on the subject. In my website Uplifting Visions I share what I consider the best insights I have learned about achieving happiness in life.

Oklahoma Birds Listed by Color

House Finch - male (carpodacus mexicanus)
Purple Finch - male (carpodacus purpureus)
Northern Cardinal - male (cardinalis cardinalis)
Painted Bunting - male (passerina ciris)
Summer Tanager - male (piranga rubra)

Baltimore Oriole - male (icterus galbula)
Orchard Oriole - male (icterus spurius)

Yellow Warbler (dendroica petechia )
Baltimore Oriole - female (icterus galbula)
Orchard Oriole - female (icterus spurius)
Summer Tanager - female (piranga rubra)
Yellow Goldfinch - male (carduelis tristis)
Western Kingbird (tyrannus verticalis)
Eastern Meadowlark (sturnella magna)

Malard - male (anas platyrhynchos)
Dark-eyed Junco - female (junco hyemalis)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (archilochus colubris)
Painted Bunting - female (passerina ciris)
Green Heron (butorides virescens)

Barn Swallow (hirundo rustica)
Belted Kingfisher (ceryle alcyon)
Blue Jay (cyanocitta cristata)
Blue Grosbeak - male (guiraca caerulea)
Eastern Bluebird (sailia sialis)
Indigo Bunting - male (passerina cyanea)
Purple Martin - male (progne subis)

Great Blue Heron (ardea herodias)
Carolina Chickadee (poecile carolinensis)
Eastern Screech-Owl (otus asio)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (sitta canadensis)
Grey Catbird (dumetella carolinensis)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (regulus calendula)
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher (tyrannus forficatus)
White-breasted Nuthatch (sitta carolinensis)
Tufted Titmouse (baelophus bicolor)
American Robin (turdus migratorius)
Northern Mockingbird (mimus polyglottos)
Mississippi Kite (ictinia mississippiensis)
Dickcissel (spiza americana)

American Crow (corvus brachyrhynchos)
Brown-headed Cowbird - male (molothrus ater)
European Starling (sturnus vulgaris)
Common Grackle (quiscalus quiscula)
Red-winged Blackbird - male (agelaius phoeniceus)
Spotted Towhee (pipilo maculatus)
Turkey Vulture (cathartes aura)

Black & White
American Bald Eagle (haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Black-billed Magpie (pica hudsonia)
Downey Woodpecker (picoides pubescens)
Red-Bellied Woodpecker (melanerpes carolinus)
Purple Martin - female (progne subis)
Eastern Kingbird (tyrannus tyrannus)
Dark-eyed Junco - male (junco hyemalis)
Loggerhead Shrike (lanius ludovicianus)

American Kestrel (falco sparverius)
Blue Grosbeak - female (guiraca caerulea)
Brown-headed Cowbird - female (molothrus ater)
Brown Thrasher (toxostoma rufum)
Common Nighthawk (chordeiles minor)
Carolina Wren (thryothorus ludovicianus)
Cedar Waxwing (bombycilla cedrorum)
Greater Roadrunner (geococcyx californianus)
Killdeer (charadrius vociferus)
Northern Bobwhite (colinus virginianus)
Red-tailed Hawk (buteo jamaicensis)
Cliff Swallow (petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
Horned Lark (eremophila alpestris)
House Finch - female (carpodacus mexicanus)
Northern Flicker (colaptes auratus)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (coccyzus americanus)
Mourning Dove (zenaida macroura)
Malard - female (anas platyrhynchos)
Purple Finch - female (carpodacus purpureus)
House Sparrow (passer domesticus)
Indigo Bunting - female (passerina cyanea)
Red-winged Blackbird - female (agelaius phoeniceus)
Spotted Sandpiper (actitis macularia)
Upland Sandpiper (bartramia longicauda)
Northern Cardinal - female (cardinalis cardinalis)
Eastern Screech-Owl (otus asio)
Yellow Goldfinch - female (carduelis tristis)
Canada Goose (branta canadensis)

Wild Birds of Northeast OK

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