Bridled Titmouse Life History


Habitat ForestsMontane oak and mixed oak-pine-juniper woodlands. Also in some riparian habitats.Back to top


Food InsectsInsects and acorns.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Tree

Nest Description

Nests in cavities in trees; often in nestboxes. Nest is a cup of grass, cottonwood down, flowers, fur, and cocoons, lined with soft fibers.

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:4-8 eggs
Egg Description:White, unmarked.
Condition at Hatching:Helpless and naked.
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Behavior Foliage GleanerGleans insects from leaves and twigs. Hangs upside down to reach insects. Travels with mixed species foraging flocks. Holds food under feet to peck it.Back to top


Conservation Low ConcernBridled Titmouse have a limited range in United States. In Mexico, the species is widespread, but vulnerable to the loss of oak woodlands. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 600,000 with 13% living in the U.S., and 87% in Mexico. They rate a 12 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score and are not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.Back to top

Backyard Tips

Consider putting up a nest box to attract a breeding pair. Make sure you put it up well before breeding season. Attach a guard to keep predators from raiding eggs and young. Find out more about nest boxes on our Attract Birds pages. You'll find plans for building a nest box of the appropriate size on our All About Birdhouses site.

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Lutmerding, J. A. and A. S. Love. Longevity records of North American birds. Version 2015.2. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Bird Banding Laboratory 2015.

Nocedal, Jorge and Millicent S. Ficken. (1998). Bridled Titmouse (Baeolophus wollweberi), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

North American Bird Conservation Initiative. (2014). The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

Partners in Flight (2017). Avian Conservation Assessment Database. 2017.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

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