Great Tit Parus major
Great Tit, Delphi, Greece, November 2002 - click for larger image

The Great Tit is distributed in most of Europe, parts of north Africa and in large parts of Asia from Siberia to Japan and Sri Lanka. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. 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.

It feeds on insects, caterpillars in spring and seeds in winter.

Great Tit, Edinburgh, Scotland, November 2003 - click for larger image It is the largest tit and has yellow underparts with a black central band. It has big white cheek patches in a black head, an olive green back and a white wing-bar on a blue-grey wing.
Great Tit, Edinburgh, Scotland, January 2004 - click for larger image
Great Tit, Edinburgh, Scotland, February 2004 - click for larger image
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