- 5.9 in
- 9.4 in
- 0.9 oz
- Tufted Titmouse (in part)
- Mésange à plumet noir (French)
- The Black-crested Titmouse hybridizes with the Tufted Titmouse where their ranges overlap in central Texas. They were considered the same species for a while, but they are distinct genetically and vocally.
- Differences in mitochondrial DNA suggest that the Black-crested Titmouse and Tufted Titmouse diverged about 250,000 years ago.
- The oldest known Black-crested Titmouse was at least 5 years, 1 month old, when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Texas.
Forest, woodland, oak-juniper scrub, mesquite, thorn scrub, riparian woodland, and in towns.
Insects and seeds.
- Clutch Size
- 4–9 eggs
- Egg Description
- White, finely speckled with reddish dots.
- Condition at Hatching
Nest in hole in tree. Built of leaves, moss, dried grass, hair, strips of bark, and sometimes feathers. Lined with hair or similar material.
Gleans insects from bark and foliage. Hangs upside down to reach insects. Holds food under feet to peck it.
Populations of Black-crested Titmouse appear stable. According to the North American Breeding Bird Survey, numbers of Black-crested Titmouse and their close relatives, the Tufted Titmouse, steadily increased between 1966 and 2014. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 1 million with 52% living in the U.S., and 48% in Mexico. They are a U.S.-Canada Stewardship species, and rate a 10 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. They are not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.