Family Tits and Chickadees (Paridae)

Least Concern

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)


French: Mésange bicolore German: Grauhäubchenmeise Spanish: Herrerillo bicolor

Parus bicolor


, 1766,

South Carolina, USA


Formerly treated as conspecific with B. atricristatus; the two hybridize in a narrow zone over C Texas and generally differ in ecology. Monotypic.


Extreme SE Canada (S Ontario) and E USA (SE Minnesota E to S Maine, S to C & E Texas and S Florida).

Descriptive notes

11·5–14 cm; 17·5–26·1 g. Large, short-crested and fairly long-tailed grey tit. Has forehead to upper lores black, occasionally tinged rust-... read more


Fairly noisy; calls include loud, whistled “see-toit” and “seeja-wer” or... read more


Lowland, mature deciduous and mixed woods, including white oak (Quercus alba), hickory (... read more

Food and feeding

Diet chiefly small invertebrates and larvae, principally weevils and other beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), ants, bees, wasps and... read more


Season late Mar to mid-Jun; occasionally two broods. Monogamous, pairs for life; single helpers noted as assisting with feeding of young at... read more


Resident; some short-distance movements. Evidence from ringing shows that very few move more than... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally common to locally common or locally scarce; rare to scarce in small Canadian part of range (S Ontario). Range expanded slowly N in 20th... read more

Recommended citation

Gosler, A. & Clement, P. (2020). Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 28 February 2020).