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Crested Tit

The Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus or Parus cristatus) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common resident breeder in coniferous forests throughout central and northern Europe and in deciduous woodland in France and the Iberian Peninsula. In Great Britain, it is restricted to the ancient pinewoods of the Spey Valley in Scotland, an area some 30 miles in length and two or three miles wide, and seldom strays far from its haunts. A few vagrant Crested Tits have been seen in England. It is resident, and most birds do not migrate.

It is an easy tit to recognize. The crest is erect and the throat and collar are distinctive. It is, like other tits, a talkative bird and keeps up a constant zee, zee, zee, similar to that of the Coal Tit. It makes a nest in a hole in rotting stumps.

This bird often feeds low down in trees. Like other tits, it eats insects, including caterpillars, and seeds.

Crested Tit