- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Paridae
A small titmouse with a dashing swirl of black and white on its face, the Bridled Titmouse is a specialty of the middle-elevation forests of the southwestern U.S. and adjacent Mexico. Like other titmice species, Bridled Titmice are often at the center of foraging flocks that can include chickadees, kinglets, warblers, vireos, tanagers, and nuthatches. They forage nimbly, often in oak trees, sometimes hanging upside-down from the slenderest of branches. They even serve as sentinels for the group, alerting other species to danger with harsh calls.More ID Info
Find This Bird
Bridled Titmice are relatively easy to find in oak and pine-oak woodlands. Stroll through their habitat and listen for the quiet sounds of a foraging flock—Bridled Titmice are usually in such groups. Watch and listen for them in middle heights of oak or sometimes juniper or pine trees, often foraging out near the tips of branches at middle heights.
- 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
- At Bridled Titmouse nests, there are often one or more extra individuals that help raise the young—the only North American member of their family where cooperative breeding is common.
- When French ornithologist Charles Lucien Bonaparte scientifically described the Bridled Titmouse, he gave it the name wollweberi after the collector of the specimen. However, no historian has been able to figure out who this “Wollweber” actually was.
- In Arizona, Bridled Titmice typically occur at higher elevations than Juniper Titmice but lower than Mexican Chickadees. Mexican Chickadees tend to forage more in pines than in the oaks that Bridled Titmice use. When Bridled and Juniper Titmice come together, Bridled uses denser oak vegetation, while Juniper forages in more open oak and juniper.
- The Bridled Titmouse looks a lot like the Crested Tit of Eurasia, but it is not particularly closely related genetically—it's much more 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 released during banding operations in Arizona.