Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus   [Linnaeus, 1758]

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Order: Passeriformes Family: Timaliidae
BTO Codes: BR, BEATI EURING No: 13640
Number in Britain: 630 Pairs (Summer)
Conservation Status:
UK: AMBER
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Resident Breeder, Passage/Winter Visitor
Subspecies: biarmicus recorded in Britain (of 3 subsp. in the world)
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Length: 12 cm Wingspan: 17 cm Weight: M/F: 15 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: panu=exceedingly + oura=tail and biarmicus=origin uncertain
World Distribution: Locally in Eurasia
Habitat: Reedbed
Diet: Invertebrates in summer, seeds in winter
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Population and Distribution

Population Trend: No population trend available
Distribution: Atlas Mapstore   
British Population Size:
    Summer: 630 Pairs in
    First Record: 1662
    Latest Survey: Musgrove, A. et al. (2013) British Birds 106:64-100
    Conservation Status: AMBER because Recent Breeding Range Decline (1981-2007), Localised Breeding Population,
   Previous Assessments: 2002-2007 AMBER     1996-2001 AMBER  
   Races of Concern: biarmicus AMBER (Recent Decline)
Habitat Occupancy (in the Breeding Season):
    No habitat data from BBS
Migration routes: Map of foreign ringing recoveries
European Population Size:
    Summer: 190 to 330 thousand pairs
Population Assesment from Birds in Europe
Distribution in Europe mapped by the EBCC Atlas
Listed on the Appendices/Schedules of: WCA(I,IV), Bern(III)
Survey Results: Results from BirdTrack

Breeding and Survival

Egg Size: 17 x 14 mm Egg Weight: 1.9 g (of which 6 % is shell)
Number of Nest Records: 24
Clutch Size: 4 - 8 eggs
Incubation: 10- 14 days   by the: Male + Female
Fledging: 12 - 13days as: Altricial, naked
First Clutches Laid: Unavailable
Number of Broods: 2-4
Number Ringed: Annual Totals
Adult Survival: 0.558       
Juvenile Survival: No data
Age at First Breeding: 1 year Typical Lifespan: 3 years
Maximum Recorded Age: 7 years 0 months 22 days (set in 1999)
Read a summary of Ringing Recoveries

Biometrics

Ring Size: A
Wing Length Adult: 59.8 ± 1.9 Range 57 - 63 mm, N =718
Juvenile: 55.7 ± 1.8 53 - 58 mm, N =359
Male: 60.7 ± 1.6 58 - 63 mm, N =385
Female: 58.8 ± 1.7 56 - 61 mm, N =332
Weight Adult: 15.13 ± 1.17 Range 13.30 - 17.10 g , N =617
Juvenile: 13.90 ± 1.01 12.40 - 15.70 g , N =346
Male: 15.31 ± 1.09 13.60 - 17.10 g , N =326
Female: 14.93 ± 1.21 13.10 - 17.10 g , N =290
Source:
British Trust for Ornithology (2005) Ringing Scheme data

Other Names

Bearded Reedling / Parrotbill
Gaelic: Welsh: Titw Barfog
Danish: Skægmejse Dutch: Baardman
Finnish: Viiksitimali French: Mésange à moustaches
German: Bartmeise Hungarian: Barkóscinege
Icelandic: Kampameisa Irish: Meantán Croiméalach
Italian: Basettino Norwegian: Skjeggmeis
Polish: Wasatka Portuguese: Chapim-de-bigode
Spanish: Bigotudo Swedish: Skäggmes
Local Names: Reedling, Ping Tit

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Books and Monographs:
   Bibby, C. J. 1983 Studies of West Palearctic birds: Bearded Tit British Birds 76:549-562
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