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A common woodland bird that you see almost everywhere there are trees and shrubs, including gardens


Photograph by: 
Peter Orchard

Great Tit: pumping up its tyres

Post date: Monday, 19 January, 2015 - 00:00

The great tit (Parus major) is a common woodland bird that you see almost everywhere there are trees and shrubs, except in our garden! We are blessed with a good number of birds and yet the great tit to us is a rarity! This, despite the fact it stands at number 8 in the top twenty RSPB Garden Birdwatch results.

The great tit is a smart little bird with its grey coat over a yellow waste coat with a long black cravat down the front. In the field, it is those white cheeks that one frequently notices first.

The great tit has an array of songs, or rather calls, for the spring time. It is thought they have at least twelve, with the most familiar being 'teacher, teacher' (I liken this call to someone pumping up their bicycle tyres with a squeaky pump). This call is surely a sign spring has sprung when you hear it first and by the end of February or there abouts it should be heard all over the county.


The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Great Tit
Scientific Name Parus major
Status Frequent
Interest Level
Species Family Titmice
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Hedgerows
  • Gardens and parks
  • Woodland - broadleaf
Look for Striking yellow and black frontal markings
Additional Identification Notes
  • Larger than the blue tit
  • Often in flocks with other species in winter
  • Well known for its spring 'teacher-teacher' song