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Grey Tit | Parus afer

The Grey Tit is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Paridae bird family group which includes birds such as Tits, Penduline-Tits.

The description for the Grey Tit (Latin name Parus afer) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Parus afer can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 551 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 743. You will find a picture of the Grey Tit on page 769.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

This bird is known as Southern Grey Tit in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Grey Tit between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Grey Tit is known in Afrikaans as Piet-tjou-tjou-grysmees.

The Grey Tit is Endemic to the Southern African Region which means that this bird is only found in this region and nowhere else in the world.

The Grey Tit has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 20 gms. The head is coloured blue, black while the bill is coloured black. The Parus afer has a black coloured throat, grey legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is blue, black

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are grey

Throat is black

Back is brown

Feeding Habits ...

The Grey Tit is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Grey Tit is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 5 eggs and they are coloured red.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.

The bird is found in the African bushveld

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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