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Eurasian penduline tit

The Eurasian penduline tit (Remiz pendulinus) is a passerine bird from the family of Remizidae. The species is widespread in Europe and Asia, nesting from Western-Europe to Japan. In the southern parts of Europe we will find sedentary populations, meanwhile in Romania they are migratory, being present between the months of March and October. They prefer wetlands, lake sides, marshes, riversides, nesting on trees or shrubs.

It is a small bird with a long tail, the body length is 11 cms, the feathers are grey and brown. The head of the male is grey, with black mask, the underparts are brownish, the throat is white. The female is similar to the male, but the face mask is thinner. The male builds its hanging nest on trees, especially on the hanging branches of willow trees. The nest has the form of a pear and is built from parts of plants and spiderwebs. After the female lays her eggs, the male leaves to build another nest and mate again. The female lays 5-8 eggs, the chicks hatch in 12-14 days. The little birds fly out of the nest 18-26 days. The penduline tit feeds on insects.

The European population is estimated to 630.000-1.260.000 individuals, the number of Romanians is estimated to 16-30 thousand of pairs.