The Coal Tit the smallest member of the Tit family. Other members include the Blue, Great, Long-tailed and the Marsh Tit. It can be found throughout England in woodlands, orchards, parks and gardens. This bird likes taking peanuts from hanging bird feeders and likes to hide the peanuts in different places. It has a loud song which has repeated double notes and its song can be heard for most of the year.
The Coal Tit has a black head and throat and striking white cheeks. It also has a white stripe at the back of its head. The feathers on its back are a dull blue-grey colour and its breast and tummy are a creamy yellow colour. It has a short, pointed, black beak. The male and female are almost identical in appearance.
Coal Tits are very active and nimble birds that can often be seen high up in trees looking for food. They can hang upside down on twigs and branches and can also hover under leaves to get food. They mainly eat larvae from insects as well as caterpillars, but they will also eat seeds, especially conifer seeds.