Also known as the Bearded Reedling, this is a small orange-brown bird with a long tail and an undulating flight. The male has a grey head and black moustaches (not a beard).


Habitat and Distribution

This species is a wetland specialist, breeding colonially in large reed beds by lakes or swamps. It eats reed aphids in summer, and reed seeds in winter, its digestive system changing to cope with the very different seasonal diets. The Bearded Tit is a species of temperate Europe and Asia. It is resident, and most birds do not migrate other than eruptive or cold weather movements. It is vulnerable to hard winters, which may kill many birds


Feeding

The bearded tit feeds on seeds, larvae, insects, spiders.


Breeding

The bearded reedling eats reed aphids in summer, and reed seeds in winter, its digestive system changing to cope with the very different seasonal diets.


Calls and Songs

Flocks often betray their presence in a reedbed by their characteristic `ping` call.