The Tufted Titmouse is a cavity nester. Pairs select a natural cavity or old woodpecker
hole to construct a nest of leaves and grasses lined with animal hair often collected from
living animals. From 5 to 7 eggs, incubated by the female, hatch in just under two weeks.
Both parents tend to the young, who leave the nest cavity in two to three weeks. Young
birds stay with the parents for up to two months.
The Bird Banding Lab web site reports that between 1955 and 1997, a total of 116,664 have been banded. Of these, 4,562 have been
recovered, a recovery rate of 3.91%.
If you should recover a banded bird, please report the band number to the Bird Banding
Lab by calling 1-800-327-BAND.
Banding studies show that the Tufted Titmouse is not migratory, and may live up to 13
years in the wild. Most individuals live their entire life within a few kilometers of
The Tufted Titmouse only occurs in areas where rainfall is greater than 24 inches per
year, and is more common where rainfall exceeds 32 inches/year (Root 1988). In recent
decades, its range has expanded, especially in northern regions where bird feeders are
kept well stocked in the winter and spring. The availability of natural cavities for
nesting and roosting also affects its distribution. It is therefore important that
suitable habitat continues to be provided especially by allowing dead trees and snags to
remain as potential nest and roost sites.
Root, T. 1988. Atlas of wintering North American birds. An analysis of Christmas bird
count data. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL. 312 Pp.
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