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Coal Tit

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About the Coal Tit

Coal Tits are small songbirds related to other birds in the Tit family, which includes North America’s chickadees. Coal Tits live throughout parts of Asia, Europe, and northern Africa. Coal Tits are predominately black and white in plumage, with a distinctive large white stripe on the back of the head.

Coal Tits are cavity nesters, preferring holes in rotting tree stumps and other natural holes or cavities. They will add hair, feathers, moss, and other natural materials to line the nest site.

There are several recognized subspecies of Coal Tit across its wide range. There are differences in plumage and size across the different subspecies. All subspecies share the white wing bars and large white nape patch as seen in our cute Birdorable version of the Coal Tit.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 03 December 2010
Scientific Name Periparus ater
  • Passeriformes
  • Paridae
  • Periparus
  • P. ater
Birdorable Family Tits, Chickadees & Kinglets
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 July 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
4 to 4.5 inches
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia East Asia South Asia North Africa

International Names

  • sýkora uhelníček (Czech)
  • Sortmejse (Danish)
  • Zwarte Mees (Dutch)
  • kuusitiainen (Finnish)
  • Mésange noire (French)
  • Tannenmeise (German)
  • Cincia mora (Italian)
  • ヒガラ (higara) (Japanese)
  • 진박새 (Korean)
  • Svartmeis (Norwegian)
  • sosnówka (Polish)
  • Московка (Russian)
  • Carbonero Garrapinos (Spanish)
  • Svartmes (Swedish)