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Birding Málaga


Common name Long-tailed tit
Scientific name Aegithalos caudatus
Type Forest birds
Status Resident

Small bird (approx 14 cm or 5.5 in) easily identified by its long tail, which contrasts with its small body and its black plumage on the back, tail and wings. The head is white and the ventral area is greyish with reddish tints. It has a black band on both sides of the head. He is very restless and usually appears in flocks.


Woodland environment

Where it lives

It prefers forests with developed scrub, especially holm, cork and Portuguese oak woods. Also in pine woods with scrub, in parks and gardens.

How it lives

Species resident in Malaga all year round. It breeds from March, making a single annual laying of 7 to 12 eggs. Nest in shrubs, spherical and very elaborate. Very strict insectivore able to capture small spiders among the branches and on the leaves of the trees.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

Frequent and common species. It can be watched in most stages of the Great Path with forest formations. It is especially abundant in the stages that cross the Serranía de Ronda and the Genal Valley (stages 23 to 27).

Curious facts

The flocks of long-tailed tits are loud and confident. It is a very appreciative bird to watch, usually performing acrobatics among the branches and perching face down many times. They use silk from pine processionary nests to build their own.

Wintering Summer Resident Migration