OAK TITMOUSE


Baeolophus inornatus


Description:

The Oak Titmouse can typically be found moving about in small flocks. This bird feeds on seeds, including oak, pine, oat, thistle, weed, and poison oak. It also eats insects, which it gleans from tree bark and foliage and sometimes on the fly.


Appearance:

Pale gray upperparts. Underparts are paler gray than upperparts. Small crest. Small black bill. Dark legs. Sexes similar. 5.75 inches in length.


Habitat:

Broadleaf woodlands, especially oak and pinyon-juniper.


Nesting:

5-8 white eggs sometimes marked with reddish-brown spots. The eggs have a 14-16 day incubation period. Fledging occurs in 16-21 days. The female incubates the eggs, while the male feeds the female. The nest, which is composed of grasses, fur, and some feathers, is built in a tree cavity, fence-post hole, or crevice of an old building.


Observed Locations:

  • Robinson's Cabin, Palomar Mountain
  • Audubon's Silverwood Wildlife Preserve, Lakeside
  • El Monte Park, Lakeside





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