Small Bird


If the damp chest is anything to go by I interrupted this Black-crested Titmouse’s (Baeolophus atricristatus) bath time. I believe this to be a female, based on the lighter coloration of the crest. Though long considered a subspecies of the Tufted Titmouse, DNA analysis in 2002 showed that the BCTI lineage diverged 250,000 years ago.

The name titmouse derives from Old English, tit denoting something small, while mase (which later morphed to mose and then mouse) meant bird. Truly, she could care less what I call her just as long as I moved on so she could continue bathing in private.

Categories: Nature Notes

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