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Tits and Chickadees

Marsh Tit
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae

The tits and chickadees, Paridae, are a large family of small passerine birds which occur in the northern hemisphere and Africa. Most were formerly in the genus Parus, although recent trends have been to split this large group.

These birds are called "chickadees" or "titmice" in North America, and just "tits" in the rest of the English speaking world.

These are mainly small stocky woodland species with short stout bills. Some have crests. They are adaptable birds which have a mixed diet including seeds and insects. Many species will live around human habitation and come readily to bird feeders for nuts or seed, and learn to take other foods.

These are hole-nesting birds laying speckled white eggs.

In the Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy, the Paridae family is much enlarged to include related groups such as the penduline tits and Long-tailed tits.

Species are: