Male and female Tufted Titmice are identical in plumage – a black patch above the beak, a gray back, rusty flanks and a dull white breast. Their large eyes are surrounded by a white ring that reaches to their beak.
The most telling part of the Tufted Titmouse is its namesake – the pointed tuft of feathers that juts from the back of the bird’s head. This tuft gives them a cheery appearance and makes them a welcome sight at any feeder.
As a chickadee-like bird, a Tufted Titmouse is relatively small – rarely measuring more than 6 inches long. It has a thick neck, which gives it a squashed appearance and adds to their general cuteness.
Most Tufted Titmice live to be a little more than 2 years old, though some as old as 13 years have been recorded.
Tufted Titmice seem to love water, preferring deciduous woodlands near swamps, moist flood plains and river basins. They have also grown accustomed to suburban life, taking up the habitats provided by parks and other wooded residential and suburban areas.
This titmouse is also among the first to respond to predator warnings from other birds, often grouping with other birds to observe and mob the potential troublemaker. You have to love a bird that stands up to bullies!