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Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouseis a bird found in the southern half of Maine year-round.  Nationally, its range is essentially east of the Mississippi River.

Slate gray with a white belly and a rusty area below the wings, the male, female and young Titmouse share the same color and appearance.

It nests in holes in trees, and searches trees for insects and spiders.  Since it often lives in villages, the six-inch Titmouse frequently visits bird feeders.

According to the Birds of Maine Field Guide,  the “Prefix ‘Tit’ comes from a Scandanavian word meaning ‘little.’ Suffix ‘mouse’ is derived from the Old English word mase, meaning ‘bird.’ Simply translated it is a ‘small bird.'”

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