Few garden birds are more exquisite than the Long-Tailed Tit. (Aegithalos Caudatus). So named for a tail longer than its body, the tiny long-tailed tit is a delightful visitor to any garden. These highly gregarious birds are a visual treat with their black, white and pinkish plumage, red eye rings and small black beaks.
DID YOU KNOW :
Long-Tailed Tits live short lives of only 2 to 3 years
The Long-Tailed Tit is one of the smallest garden birds in the UK. If not for its extensively long tail, the most characteristic part of the bird, it would be tiny and measure just 6cm in length. And at 9g they weigh less than a £1 coin.
Long-Tailed Tits are true masters of nest-building, creating elastic nests that can actually expand to accommodate their growing chicks. They achieve this by delicately weaving spider webs into the ball of feathers, moss and lichen. A larger nest can contain up to 2000 feathers.
This Masked Crimson Tanager (Ramphocelus nigrogularis) seemed to enjoy fluffing up its feathers, almost in the same manner as if it were in water taking a bath. Maybe it was just showing off for me.
One thing you can just get a little glimpse of here is that, in addition to to the bright crimson that adorns their underparts, neck, and head, the Masked Crimson Tanager also has another bright crimson patch on their rump. You can just see a little bit of that here, above its fluffed up wings and below the tail feathers.
Manú Province, Madre de Dios, Peru