The Kennedy Wild Bird Food Guide to Blue Tits

Blue tits, or cyanistes caeruleus, are one of the most recognisable and well-loved visitors to British gardens. These distinctive birds lead a fascinating life, and in our guide, we’ll give you some tips to look after these feathered friends.

Blue Tit

The blue tit is a small bird, around 12cm long with a wingspan of 18cm. They have distinctive markings - a yellow belly, blue tail feathers and a dark line which passes through the eye. They get their yellow bellies due to a pigment found in the caterpillars they eat, so their colour can often vary in brightness depending on the availability of food.

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What do blue tits eat?

Blue tits eat a wide range of food, primarily consisting of nuts, seeds, insects and caterpillars. During colder months, blue tits may need an extra source of bird food to support them, so are more likely to venture into gardens to find this.

Our wild bird food mix is perfect to support birds during winter, and a bird feeder will make sure that birds can access their food without competing with the likes of squirrels!

What do blue tits sound like? 

The song of a blue tit has a chattery quality to it and is often heard throughout the UK. Its loud and unmistakable song makes it easy to identify when looking for your favourite birds! 

 

Where to find blue tits

Blue tits are found across the UK, with the exception of some Scottish Islands. They are regular visitors to back gardens up and down the country throughout the year. Blue tits are generally not too timid around people, but for the best chance of spotting one, look for them flitting between branches or on bird feeders.

If you do spy one of these feathered friends, make sure to log your sighting on BirdSpotter, and discuss with other twitchers on the forum.

Did you know?: If you’re wondering ‘Where do garden birds sleep at night?’ you’re definitely not alone! Blue tits can be found sleeping in bushes or close to tree trunks which retain the heat from the day, with their head tucked under a wing.

 

Where to find Blue Tits in the UK 

Do blue tits migrate?

Eurasian blue tits, found across the UK and Europe, are non-migratory. This is not to say that their habitats do not change during the year though. During winter, when weather conditions are harsh and food sources may be scarce, blue tits may choose to spend more time in urban areas.

With this new-found knowledge, you should be able to better spot and take care of the blue tits in your garden.

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