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Black-crested Titmouse

ID Info
Silhouette TitmiceTitmice
Black-crested TitmouseBaeolophus atricristatus
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Paridae

Basic Description

A jaunty gray songbird with a bold black crest, the Black-crested Titmouse occurs in between two closely related species, the more muted Tufted Titmouse to the east and the even flashier Bridled Titmouse farther west. Listen for its familiar chick-a-dee call or a sweet whistled peer-peer, similar to a Tufted Titmouse. Few habitats in central and southern Texas are without at least a few Black-crested Titmice, whether mesquite-filled arroyos or ponderosa-pine highlands, but they are most at home in oak woodlands.

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Find This Bird

On a short morning walk in a well-wooded park in South Texas and northeast Mexico, Black-crested Titmice are relatively easy to find if you listen for their sweet, clear whistled song. During the nonbreeding season, look for them in mixed flocks with other songbirds. In parts of central Texas, watch for hybrids (with Tufted Titmice) which tend to have a dark gray crest with a brownish forehead.

Other Names

  • Herrerillo Crestinegro (Spanish)
  • Mésange à plumet noir (French)

Backyard Tips

This species often comes to bird feeders. For specifics about what this bird likes to eat and what feeder is best, check out the Project FeederWatch Common Feeder Birds bird list. A nest box might also attract a breeding pair. Plans for building a nest box of the appropriate size are on the All About Birdhouses site.

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