These little birds can be found year-round in our area and across much of the eastern United States. In the winter, they become regular visitors at backyard bird feeders, preferring to feed on sunflower seeds, but also suet, peanuts and other seeds. In the summer, tufted titmice mostly eat insects, but also fruits.
Male and female tufted titmice have similar plumage: a silvery gray color above and a creamy white below. They have big heads and eyes with full necks, and they have short, stout bills and a head capped with a pointy crest.
Tufted titmice nest in cavities, but because they can’t excavate their own holes they take over old woodpecker holes or find natural holes in trees. Their nests themselves are cup shaped, made from leaves, grass, moss and bark, and then lined with soft natural materials like fur, hair and wool. Titmice have just one brood each nesting season, with between three and nine eggs. The eggs are white or cream-colored and have brown, reddish-brown, purple or lilac-colored spots.