Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Special Birds: Long-tailed Tit

Long-tailed Tits Aegithalos caudatus are fairly common across Europe but they show very different plumage features, particularly on head colour, across the continent. In most of Central and Eastern Europe the dominant form is the dainty and attractive "white-headed" race or form. Such birds are said to be the northern caudatus race but white-headed birds abound in C & E Europe though most field guides state that europaeus occurs here. Zones of colour intergrades also exist and broods with mixed white and dark headed birds are also sometimes seen. This photo was taken in Hungary in October 2008 by Julia Burton.

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