Our Beautiful World
Photo: © Dennis Olsen
The Great Tit is distributed in most of Europe, parts of north Africa and in large parts of
Asia from Siberia to Japan and Sr Lanka.
It prefers mixed woodland and scattered trees to pure deciduous forest and seems to dislike
coniferous forest. It is also well adapted to gardens, parks and farmland.
on insects, caterpillars in spring and seeds in winter.
It is the
largest tit and has yellow underparts with a black central band.
It has big white cheek
Great Tits come in many races, but they fall into three groups.
Great Tits in temperate Europe and Asia are essentially green above and yellow below.
Great Tits in China, Korea, Japan and southeastern Russia are green above and white or
yellow-tinged white below, and birds in India and south-east Asia are grey above and whitish below.
Any hole will do for
a nest, and it will readily take to nest boxes.
Great Tits learned to break open the foil caps sealing bottles of
This is a
common and popular European garden bird, due to its acrobatic performances