Monday, April 8, 2019

Bushtit

Bushtits are common in our Olympia backyard. They are small but interesting birds. For one thing, females have bright yellow eyes, whereas males’ eyes are dark. Another curious fact is that Bushtits appear to have come to North America via the Bering Land Bridge some 11 million years ago. They are the only European long-tailed tit found on our continent. Despite their name, long-tailed tits are more closely related to Old World warblers or swallows than they are to titmice and chickadees (Sloan 2001). 

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