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Home Backyard Bird Guide America's Top Backyard Birds America's Top Backyard Birds - Eastern North America Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

Bird Food Preferences

tufted titmouse quizBlack-oil sunflower, safflower, striped sunflower, suet, sunflower hearts, and whole peanuts

Bird Feeder Preferences

Tube, hopper, platform, peanut, and suet

Bird House Specifications

Tufted Titmice use nest boxes.  Check out the Bird House Dimensions page to learn how to build a bird house specifically for titmice.

Plants to Attract

Woody Plants: Hickory, sweet gum, and white oak; Non-woody Plants: Sunflower


In the United States, Tufted Titmice can be found throughout the east.  They are common in mature deciduous woods and can be seen in orchards, parks, and suburbs.  The range of the Tufted Titmouse has expanded northward over the past fifty years.  This may be due to an increase in bird feeding.

Tufted Titmice are on average six inches in length and weigh around 0.8 ounces.  Tufted Titmice are gray above with white underparts and orange flanks.  They also have gray crests and black foreheads.

Tufted Titmice create their nests in natural holes or cavities made by woodpeckers because they are not able to create their own cavity.  Inside the cavity, titmice create a cup-shaped nest with leaves, moss, and bark and line it with hair or fur.  Titmice have been known to take hair from live mammals.  Construction of their nest can take up to 11 days.  They will nest in bird houses.

Similar Species

Black-capped Chickadee, Black-crested Titmouse, and Carolina Chickadee


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