The Tufted Titmouse is so sassy.
When I go out and fill the bird feeders they will set on a branch
and chirp away at me.They almost sound as though they are
sassing at me to hurry up and move out of the way.
The males and females look alike.
- Beginning in the 1940s, the Tufted Titmouse began
expanding its range northward. Previous to that it was
found only as far north as Iowa, Ohio, southern Pennsylvania,
and New Jersey.
Explanations offered for the expansion include global
warming, the maturation of abandoned farmlands to forest,
and increased number of winter bird feeders.
- The Black-crested Titmouse of Texas and Mexico has at
times been considered just a form of the Tufted Titmouse.
The two species hybridize where they meet, but the hybrid
zone is narrow and stable over time. They differ slightly in the
quality of their calls, and show genetic differences as well.
- Unlike many chickadees, Tufted Titmouse pairs do not join
larger flocks outside of the breeding season. Instead, most
remain on the territory as a pair. Frequently one of their
young from that year remains with them, and occasionally
other juveniles from other places will join them.
Rarely a young titmouse remains with its parents into the
breeding season and will help them raise the next year's brood.