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How To Tell The Difference Between Great Tits, Blue Tits And Coal Tits

Whilst many tits are quite common birds in our parks and gardens it seems that due to the fact that they are all small and flighty there can be some confusion over their identification.

Fortunately once you know what you are looking for it is reasonably easy to tell the difference between great tits, coal tits and blue tits so let’s take a look at each of these species in turn to help contrast and compare the differences between them.

Great Tits

The great tit is the largest of the three tits in question and is characterised by a black head with white cheeks, together with a bright yellow belly with a black line running down the middle of it.

Great Tit
Great Tit

Blue Tits

The blue tit, on contrast to the great tit, is noticeably smaller. It also has a base colour of white in it’s head with blue patch on the top and a black stripe through the eye. While it has a yellow belly like the great tit there is typically no black stripe down it.

Blue Tit
Blue Tit

Coal Tits

Finally the coal tit has a black head with white cheeks like the great tit, but typically the blue wings are absent and furthermore the breast is more of a straw colour rather than a vibrant yellow. It looks the most muted of the three species mentioned here.

Coal Tit
Coal Tit

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