Tit Bird

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The tits, chickadees, and titmice comprise Paridae, a large family of small passerine birds which occur in the northern hemisphere and Africa. Most were formerly classified in the genus Parus. These birds are called “chickadees” (onomatopoeic, derived from their distinctive “chick-a dee dee dee” communication or alarm call) or “titmice” in North America, and just “tits” in the rest of the English speaking world. The name titmouse is attested from the 14th century, composed of the Old English name for the bird, mase (Proto-Germanic *maison, German Meise) and tit, denoting something small. The spelling was influenced by mouse in the 16th century.


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Edward Howe Forbush Useful Birds and Their Protection (Boston, MA: Massachusetts State Board of Agriculture, 1907)


TIFF (full resolution)

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Large GIF

1024×661, 137.8 KiB

Medium GIF

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Small GIF

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