Living Bird Magazine
Bridled TitmouseBaeolophus wollweberi
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Paridae
The most strikingly marked of the American titmice and chickadees, the Bridled Titmouse has a black bib and a white-and-black patterned face. Primarily a Mexican species, its range reaches the United States only in the mountains of Arizona (north to Flagstaff) and New Mexico.More ID Info
- Herrerillo Embridado (Spanish)
- Mésange arlequin (French)
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.
- Cool Facts
- Unlike many members of its family, the Bridled Titmouse appears not to hide food for later use. The region of the brain related to memory of spatial location, the hippocampus, is small in this species compared with other species that frequently hide food.
- The Bridled Titmouse is the only North American member of its family that appears to have helpers at the nest regularly. The identity and sex of the extra birds attending nests is not yet known.
- The Bridled Titmouse closely resembles the Crested Tit of Eurasia. Genetic studies show, however, that it is closely related to the other North American titmice.
- The oldest recorded Bridled Titmouse was at least 6 years, 7 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Arizona.