Great Tit card

£2.05

Description

Great Tit card by Julian Williams

SKU: B34

Greeting card with coloured envelope featuring common visitors to the bird table

The cards and mugs in this series are ideal gifts and cards for bird lovers

TEXT written on the back of the card

The Great Tit Parus major

The Great Tit is the largest and most widely distributed species of tit. Its range spreads from North Africa to Scandinavia in the west to Japan and Indonesia in the East.  There are over 30 different identified races with a wide diversity of plumage and patterning.

Great Tits are one of the earliest birds to announce Spring.  You will see them high up in the bare branches of trees making their distinctive call “Teacher Teacher”.  In folklore this loud song has been likened to the sound of a squeaky wheelbarrow and led to common names like See Saw (Norfolk), Sawfinch or Saw Sharpener.  They also used to be known as Black Caps

In recent years food put out on bird tables and provision of bird boxes have contributed to great tits becoming more common.

A great tit lays between 5 and 11 eggs, with the female doing all the brooding. They feed their chicks with protein-rich caterpillars.

 

 

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