Bird of the Week: Tufted Titmouse

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    (Photo: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission)

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Sarah Baxter with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stops by "THV 11 News at Noon" to talk about the bird of the week: the Tufted Titmouse.

    The Tufted Titmouse is a common year-round resident of Arkansas and is a common and welcome sight at most backyard bird feeders. It is a bird most people are familiar with seeing, even if they don't know what it is! You can see this bird with absolutely zero effort.

    A little gray bird with an echoing voice, the Tufted Titmouse is common in eastern deciduous forests and a frequent visitor to feeders. The large black eyes, small, round bill, and brushy crest gives these birds a quiet but eager expression that matches the way they flit through canopies, hang from twig-ends, and drop in to bird feeders. When a titmouse finds a large seed, you'll see it carry the prize to a perch and crack it with sharp whacks of its stout bill.

    Backyard Tips:
    Tufted Titmouse are regulars at backyard bird feeders, especially in winter. They prefer sunflower seeds but will eat suet, peanuts, and other seeds as well. They build their nests in cavities, so putting up nest boxes is a good way to attract breeding titmice to your yard.

    Find This Bird:
    Look for Tufted Titmice flitting through the outer branches of tree canopies in deciduous woods, parks, and backyards. A quiet walk through woodlands will often turn up the twittering of a mixed-species foraging flock, and you'll likely find titmice in attendance. You'll often hear the high, whistled peter-peter-peter song well before you see the bird.

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