Frequently Asked Questions About Blue Tit

Lazorevka is one of the most common birds in our gardens. Its bright colors, bouncy mood and closeness to people make it the perfect object of observation for young and old alike!

Blue tit

Find the most frequently asked questions about Blue Tit in this FAQ section…

How many eggs does blue tit lay and what is the incubation period?

Blue tit may have one or two broods each year depending on climatic conditions.

The second spawning occurs in late spring, usually closer to month of june.

Female lays 6 to 13 eggs in a clutch. She tirelessly incubates for 12 to 15 days, during which the male takes care of her feeding.

If the garden is large enough, plant oaks and poplars, as well as willows.

In a small garden bocage hedge Where diversified will offer him shelter and food, especially if it consists of berry bushes.

keep them old trees with crevices ideal for nesting.

Place feeders and birdhouses adapted and don’t forget to offer plenty of water. The bird bath will allow the blue tit to get drunk and take a bath, so you can watch it at your leisure. If you do not have the necessary space, a simple cup placed at a height will suffice for watering. Change the water frequently and watch out for frosts in winter that keep birds from drinking their thirst.

Great Tit (Major released) larger than blue tit, can reach 14 cm higha wingspan 26 cm and weight 21g.

His head is black, only white cheeks, a black stripe in the middle of the abdomen stretches from the throat to the stomach. A slight tinge of blue is visible only on the wings and tail, which are more of a greyish tint. The legs and beak are also grey, while the underparts are yellow.

Male and female taking care of feeding chicks 3 weeks old. Caring and courageous parents are able to make up to 500 return flights a day to feed their chicks. larvae, caterpillars and insects all kinds.

Little birds will take their first fledged at 3 weeks but will not actually leave the nest until a month after hatching. However, they will remain close to the nest for several weeks before fully weaning and establishing their new territory.

Lazorevka (cyanide blue) it’s a little bird 12cm in height with maximum weight 12gbelonging to the family Paridae and the order Passeriformes (passerines).

As the name suggests, it is recognizable by dominant blue color on the wings, tail and top of the head. The blue color is more prominent in males than in females or juveniles.

The head is white, marked with a black line connecting the beak and the back of the head through each of the two dark eyes. There is also a line under the beak connecting the collar, also blue to black.

The mantle (the part between the wings) is greenish yellow, while the belly is bright yellow with markings. the middle of the ventral line is black. Small pointed beak and bluish legs.

What does the blueberry eat?

The azure has opportunistic diet according to the seasons. Most often it hunts for prey high in the trees, rarely on the ground.

In spring and summer it insectivorous mainly feed on caterpillars of butterflies and insect larvae, as well as aphids, which makes it valuable helper in the garden in biological pest control of agricultural crops.

In autumn, winter and at the very beginning of spring, if there are fewer insects, it becomes quite granivorous and frugivorous. She also rejoices in the buds and does not disdain to absorb nectar from the inflorescences of poplar or willow. At the same time, its position is very characteristic: clinging to a branch with its feet in the air, it feeds upside down, chasing passing insects that have come to collect pollen from buds and flowers.

How is a blue tit gardener’s helper?

This bird is especially voracious to insects, larvae and caterpillarsespecially during the breeding season. Place birdhouses in the garden and near the garden. Blue tit will quickly and naturally get rid of cabbage and codling moths, as well as aphids and many other insects, as well as their larvae and eggs.

Attention, do not use insecticides to keep boobs.

Avoid feeding these birds outside of periods of frost or snow so that they continue to assist you in your biological control.

Is the blue tit a social animal?

blue tit it sociable and sedentary. Sociable, most of the time agrees to the presence of his relatives, as well as other birds, except during the breeding season, when he becomes territorial, and sometimes even aggressive towards other birds.

In gardens and parks, adapts to human presence and can even approach him without much fear.

Is the titmouse a migratory bird?

Absolutely not, blue tit hibernates on its territory normal. It protects itself from frost by climbing into hollows, hiding in dense ivy, in hedges, brambles, or in bad weather in evergreen trees.

However, in recent years, strange mass migration phenomena have been observed coming from the northeast of Europe, in particular from Lithuania to the departments of the Mediterranean (source LPO PACA).

Where to place a birdhouse for blue tit?

Place the birdhouse protected from prevailing winds and rain at a height of at least 3 m. A southern exposure will be especially appreciated.

If you’re mounting the birdhouse in a tree, secure it with iron wire surrounded by old bike tubes or garden hoses to reduce the effect of friction on the bark.

When to install a birdhouse for blue tit?

Install a birdhouse in autumn or late wintereven in early spring. Early installation of the nest box allows human odors to be removed over time, but has the disadvantage that there is a risk of seeing rodents or other small animals take advantage of this shelter.

What is the typical habitat of blue titmouse?

Forest view, blue tit appreciates the most deciduous forests where she finds enough tree cavities and food to live peacefully. Oak groves are a privileged place for this bird. It is very rare in forests consisting exclusively of conifers.

Lazorevka inhabits both flat and mid-mountain regions (up to 1500 m). Very adaptableit also thrives in wooded areas, a variety of hedgerows, orchards, city parks, as well as private gardens.

Which birdhouse to choose for titmouse?

Lazorevka lives in caves, birdhouse the one chosen must meet this characteristic and have an inlet of a maximum diameter of 28 mm.

Pick one rotting gasoline resistant to fungi and climatic hazards such as oak, chestnut or even locust which will resist well over time.

Choose a model with an opening roof to make it easier cleaning. Done after the last brood has left or in early autumn, the latter will limit the development of pathogens or parasites.

For blue tit, a birdhouse from the trunk, a birdhouse from a mailbox or a balcony birdhouse is ideal. You can find this type of birdhouse at garden centers as well as online, or you can make your own if you’re a bit of a do-it-yourselfer.

What is the lifespan of a blue tit?

Theoretically, even in the protected area, the blue tit could live up to 10/12 years. In fact, the average lifespan of this little bird reaches rarely more than 3 years. Its natural predators (birds of prey, cats, etc.), strong juvenile mortality they attack in the nest or immediately after takeoff, and the use of pesticides or blows to windows and windshields very often shorten their lifespan.

What is the breeding season for blue tit?

Lazorevka usually waits month of april for breeding and that’s until July.

The nest is chosen in a hollow (a hole in a tree, rock, wall, sometimes even in a pipe …). An important aspect: the entrance to the hole should be narrow enough to avoid competition from other birds, but also squirrels. The selected cavity is lined with plant debris, moss, and often animal hair to make the nest cozier.

Birdhouses placed in the gardenprovided they are tall enough, well oriented and protected from predators.

What species of blue tit live in France?

In France, we celebrate the presence Cyanistes caeruleus caeruleus throughout the territory but also Cyanistes caeruleus ogliastrae (only in Corsica).

What are the predators of the blue tit?

Adult titmouse often hunted a sparrowhawkowls, but also cats.

Broods destroyed magpiesbirds of the corvid family (crows, crows, jays…), but also small mammals such as dormouseWhere squirrel.

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