- Remiz pendulinus
10–11 cm (4-4¼ in)
- Light grey head and nape
- Black mask
- Reddish-brown upperparts
- White to orangey-buff underparts
- Male has reddish breast spots
Female has a narrower facial mask
A rare visitor to Britain, but becoming more regular.
There are 4 subspecies:
- R. p. pendulinus:
- R. p. menzbieri:
- R. p. caspius:
- North-western Kazakhstan (Volga and Ural plains) to Caspian Sea
- R. p. jaxarticus:
Reed beds, ponds and ditches.
Their diet consists mostly of small insects and invertebrates, their eggs and larvae. They also eat some seeds.
Polygamous.The nest is suspended from a branch and is made from wool, animal hair, soft plant materials bound with spiders' web. The eggs may be deserted by both adults, while they go in search of another partner.
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- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2016)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Eurasian Penduline Tit. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 4 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Eurasian_Penduline_Tit
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