The bird that got the cream: blue tit facts

Blue tits are clever and worked out that the daily pintas we used to get delivered had cream at the top of the bottle!

For a bird with blue in its name, the blue tit is surprisingly yellow (the young are even more so).

Similar at first glance to a great tit with blue tinged feathers over a bright yellow breast, the blue tit also has a bright blue crown to its white face whereas the larger great tit makes do with only a black crown.

We have an abundance of these attractive fellows in the UK and you can spot them in gardens and hedgerows all year round.

Milk round

Blue tits are clever and worked out that the daily pintas we used to get delivered had cream at the top of the bottle - they love the energy it gives them! They also managed to become experts at pecking through the protective milk bottle tops.

At first the lactose would upset their digestive system but over time it evolved to cope better - just as we moved away from 'gold top' and doorstep deliveries altogether.

Gardeners friend?

Gardeners will be delighted to know they are very keen on aphids and one of the best of ridding plants of these pests, although they can be a little overzealous and tear up young buds in the process.


Blue tit facts

  • There are about 3.5 million breeding pairs in the uk
  • Family flocks join up in the winter to forage for food together
  • The typical lifespan of a blue tit is 3 years
  • Their wingspan is around 18cm
  • The domestic cat is one of it's main predators