140571 Crested Tit Lophophanes cristatus L 11-12cm. Easily recognised by its conspicuous crest. Sexes are similar. Adult has striking black-and-white barred crest. Note black line through eye and bordering ear coverts on otherwise mainly whitish head. Black throat and collar demarcate head. Upperparts are otherwise brown and underparts are buffish white. Bill is narrow and warbler-like. Juvenile is similar but duller. Voice Utters a high trilling call. Song is rapid series of call-like notes and whistles. Status Very local resident, restricted to ancient Caledonian pine forests and mature Scots pine plantations in Scottish Highlands.
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18 Sep 2009
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