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Photography by Curtis Beaird
Article by Norma Beaird
The Tufted Titmouse is a common resident, as shown on this range map, in the Central to Eastern section of the United States. They often flock with chickadees, nuthatches and woodpeckers, and are regular visitors to bird feeders.
Their favorite bird foods are unsalted peanuts, black oil sunflower and sunflower hearts. They are so much fun to watch when they land on a feeder, grab a large peanut and quickly fly off to a branch to work on their treasure!
According to Birds of Georgia by Parrish, Beaton & Kennedy:
The titmouse family bond is so strong that the young from one breeding season will often stay with their parents long enough to help them with nesting and feeding duties the following year.
According to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Tufted Titmouse belongs to the following Taxonomic Order:
Chickadees and Titmice
(Order: Passeriformes Family: Paridae)
Their songs and calls can be heard here.
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