Black-crested Titmouse

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The Black-crested Titmouse is a small passerine bird in the Tit family. It was earlier listed as a subspecies of Tufted Titmouse. It is native to southern Texas, Oklahoma, and east-central Mexico.

It is 15 cm long, with rusty flanks, gray upperparts, and a whitish belly. The male has a long, dark black crest that is usually erect, while the females crest is not as dark. It is common wherever trees grow, whether they are deciduous, heavy timber, or urban shade trees. Its call is similar to that of the Tufted Titmouse, but shorter.

Its diet consists of berries, nuts, spiders, insects, and insect eggs. The Black-crested Titmouse nests in tree cavities, telephone poles, fence posts, and bird boxes. The eggs, four to seven of which are laid in March or April, are white with reddish-brown spots.

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Black-crested Titmouse, Hamilton Pool
Black-crested Titmouse, Hamilton Pool
Black-crested Titmouse, Hamilton Pool
Black-crested Titmouse, Hamilton Pool
Black-crested Titmouse, Hamilton Pool
Black-crested Titmouse, Hamilton Pool

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