The blue tit

Fauna

Explanation

The blue tit is often confused with the great tit. Just like its big cousin, the blue tit is a real acrobat that can search for food even on the smallest twigs, because it weighs only about 10 or 11 grams. Despite its small size, the blue tit is a fierce little bird. Its larger cousin is certainly not always able to chase it off the bird feeder or from a nest box. Likewise, when you approach a nest, the blue tit will respond with a ‘scolding’ alarm call (see sound recordings).

Relationship with humans

Why we do what we do

Just like great tits, blue tits also thrive among humans. They are opportunists and, therefore, make use of what mankind has to offer: tasty snacks in winter and nesting places in spring. Nest boxes are often used by tits, but they also see beautiful places to build a nest in other non-natural cavities: mailboxes, water pumps, and ashtrays, for example.
As described under ‘diet’, humans can also have a less than positive effect on the survival of tits. The use of poison as a pesticide could cause tits to eat poisoned insects, which, of course, does not affect their chances of survival in a positive way.