How to Attract Tufted Titmouse

How to Attract Tufted Titmouse

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Description: A common sight around eastern woodlands and bird feeders – the Tufted Timouse is a cheerful, small blue/gray bird. The Tufted Titmouse eats insects while breeding in spring/summer but prefers peanuts and sunflower seeds at feeders over colder months (when they flock with Chickadees, Nuthatches, and Woodpeckers). This bird will also eat wild seed and nuts (likes acorns). The Tufted Titmouse is a cavity nester, so they may use a nesting box if provided. Adding a birdbath increases your chances of attracting a Tufted Titmouse. 

Overview

Identification:

  • Small-sized bird

  • Grayish-blue upperparts, white underparts, rusty-color beneath wings, black patch above bill

Habitat:

  • Forest and Forest Edge

  • Open Woodlands

  • Wooded Backyards

  • Parks

Eating Habits:

  • Late Spring/Summer (Breeding): insects - especially caterpillars

  • Seeds, nuts, and occasionally berries in fall/winter

  • Will visit bird feeders - favor Peanuts and Sunflower Seeds

Nesting:

  • Cavity-nester

  • May use nesting box, if built to correct specifcations

Tops Ways to Attract Tufted Titmouse

Platform Feeder     Peanuts     Sunflower Seed     Open Woodland     Birdbath

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Tufted Titmouse

American Elderberry (Fruit)     Beech (Nesting, Nuts)     Birch (Seeds)     Dead Trees (Nesting)     Eastern White Pine (Seeds, Nesting)      Hickory (Nut)                     Maple (Insects, Seeds)     Oak (Acorns, Insects)     Tulip-Poplar (Seeds)

Flowers & Vines that Attract Tufted Titmouse

Aster (Seeds)     Blazing Star (Seeds)     Goldenrod (Seeds)     Joe Pye Weed (Seeds)     Sunflower (Seeds)

Attracting Tufted Titmouse with a Bird Feeder

Feeder Type:    Hooper     Platform     Suet Feeder    Tube

Feed:    Mealworms     Peanut     Suet     Sunflower Seeds