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Long tailed Tit

Observed: 22nd March 2012 By: gramandy
Kent Wildlife TrustThanet Coast ProjectWildwood Trust
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Long tailed Tit

Only had point and shoot camera to hand, so some detail lost. Still I think it's ok to make out this bird - there were a couple flying around.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Hi Graham, I'm not sure where the sub-species bit comes from, it should be just Aegithalos caudatus, that is why its not linking to other sightings. I'm wondering if iSpot inserted it for you ?

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Hi Chris,

Yes was a pull down selection in iSpot - the face markings make it this supspecies.

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europaeus, according to Svensson's guide to European passerines, is a continental subspecies. The ssp. in the British Isles is ssp. rosaceus. It is not really worth getting into subspecies with birds like this, as the differences are so slight that no-one would be able to tell the difference in the field, anyway. It is best to leave it as Aegithalos caudatus.


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will do...

I'll forget subspecies in future. Larousse 'field guide to the birds' doesn't sound as definitive as your reference.