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Everything you need to attract titmice to your backyard. The odd name, titmouse is taken from the Scandinavian word for little (tit) and an Old English word for bird (mase or mouse), thus meaning “small bird.” The black eye of the tufted titmouse makes him appear very cute and innocent. Bird Feeders Etc. has the needed equipment to attract the titmouse to your backyard for year round viewing pleasure.
Titmice have powerful bills designed to cracking open seed and nuts. Their favorite bird feeder food are black oil sunflower seeds. A traditional tube feeder works well for the titmouse. You will want to consider a squirrel proof feeder or squirrel resistant feeder to keep your sunflower seeds available for the titmice. Also, titmice are aggressive birds dominating a bird feeder. Consider having several feeders in various parts of your property to give other song birds an opportunity to feed. View our selection of titmice bird feeders above for more detailed descriptions of these bird feeders.
Titmice are food cachers, meaning they will hide seeds and nuts in the crevices of tree bark and return later for the energy reserve. A common behavior seen with titmice is their rule of three. The Titmouse will come to your feeder and grab one seed. It will then return to its branch taking its turn cracking the seed and eating the pulp. The titmouse will do this twice more. The small bird is fast and getting a picture of this little guy at the feeder is nearly impossible. Placing your tube feeder in or near a tree makes this ritualistic feeder easier to observe. Shop titmouse seed and feed above to get started watching this cute little bird year round.
The titmouse is a cavity nester. It likes to reside in natural cavities from woodpeckers or naturally occurring crevices in tree trunks. It prefers to have its cavity nest 32-36 feet off of the ground, making traditional bird houses abandoned by the titmouse. If you do choose to put up a bird house for the titmouse, consider this height need carefully and place your nest box at least 8.5 feet above the ground. The nest box should have an entrance around 1.25” wide and should have a side opening so you don’t scare the female when the nest box is opened. Titmice don’t like to cross open spaces so they prefer their nests under heavy tree canopies. This makes for a challenging observation nesting box. Bird Feeders Etc. offers a variety of nesting boxes meeting these specifications.
Average life span: 10 years
Size: 5.5 in (14cm)
Weight: 0.6-0.9 oz
- Titmice often line their nests with fur, sometimes harvesting this fur from live animals.
- Titmice are very curious birds and will interact with humans through echoed calls.
Types of Titmice
The Tufted Titmouse is in the tit and chickadee family. The Black-crested Titmouse, from central and southern Texas, used to be included as a subspecies but is now considered a separate species.
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