The Tufted Titmouse is a small, noisy songbird. Although related to the chickadee, these birds spend most of their time on the ground foraging through leaves rather than in the trees like most other chickadees.They will be regular visitors to your feeders, so be sure to supply ample seed since Titmice hang out year round.
Known for their boldness and sharp eyes, Tufted Titmice will often be the first birds to visit a new feeder. Their daring also means they’re even willing to eat directly from your hand if you’re offering the right food.
Tufted Titmice are expanding their presence in North America year after year. They can now be found in Northen New England and even lower parts of Canada.
- Food Preferences
Food Preferences of the Tufted Titmouse
In warmer months, Tufted Titmice generally eat insects, snails and spiders. Beyond those primary food sources, titmice will also eat seeds and berries.
As live food becomes harder to find in the winter, they are most likely to visit feeders that feature sunflower seeds. During these colder months, more than 70 percent of their food intake is made up of plant-based foods.
Beyond sunflower seeds, other feeder foods for titmice are mealworms, Nyjer®, peanuts, safflower and suet. Among their favorite “wild” foods are blueberry, mulberry, Virginia creeper and pine seeds.
Thanks in part to their gregarious nature, Tufted Titmice will visit practically any feeder in search of food, including tube and hopper feeders. You might even try offering blueberries from a tray feeder on winter mornings. The titmice will certainly appreciate the change of pace.
As a caching bird species, the Tufted Titmouse rarely eats immediately upon taking food from a feeder. Instead, it may opt to wedge it in tree bark or bury it in the ground for later retrieval.
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