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Long-tailed Tit (8)
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Rijk: Animalia (Dieren)
Stam: Chordata (Chordadieren)
Klasse: Aves (Vogels)
Orde: Passeriformes (Zangvogels)
Familie: Aegithalidae (Staartmezen)
Geslacht: Aegithalos
Soort: Aegithalos caudatus


The Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus, is a very small passerine bird. It breeds in most of Europe and Asia. It is a non-migratory species.

It is closely related to the true tits, and in winter it is often found with tit flocks.

This is a very small bird at only 13–15 cm in length including its very long tail, which itself makes up 7–9 cm of the total. The Long-tailed Tit is black and brown above and whitish below, with reddish flanks. It has a white crown. North European birds (A. c. caudatus) have completely white heads and flanks.

This is a restless species, constantly on the move as it searches for insects and other small food items. It is usually found in small flocks, and has been described as an avian sheep.

Long-tailed Tits are birds of deciduous woodlands with undergrowth. They nest in a tree or shrub. Six to twelve eggs are laid in a woven closed nest. The nest is held together with spider webs, and camouflaged with lichen. Adult birds will find a relative's nest and help feeding their "nephews and nieces", if their own nest is predated.

The call is loud trisyllabic srih-srih-srih.


Die Schwanzmeise (Aegithalos caudatus) ist ein kleiner Sperlingsvogel aus der Familie der Schwanzmeisen (Aegithalidae).

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Auf den mit acht bis neun Zentimetern auffallend langen Schwanz geht der Artname zurück. Die Körperlänge beträgt 14 bis 15 Zentimeter. Die Tiere wiegen sieben bis zehn Gramm. Die in Nordeuropa vorkommende Form hat einen kugelförmigen Körper mit weißem Kopf, die in Westeuropa vorkommende Form zeichnet sich durch einen breiten, bogenförmigen dunklen Streifen über dem Auge aus. In Mitteleuropa gibt es Mischpopulationen der beiden Formen. Die Jungvögel haben außerdem schwarzbraune Wangen und Nacken, zeigen jedoch nicht die weinroten Schultern, wie sie die Elternvögel haben.

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