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October 10, 2021 10:19 am

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The bird has a pointed crest on its head, reminiscent of the headdress of soldiers-grenadiers.

For the first time in a long time, a crested tit has been spotted in the Moskvoretsky Natural and Historical Park. According to experts, this is a very rare guest in the capital.

A small songbird from the titmouse family got its name because of the crest on its head. The feathers on her back are brownish-gray, sometimes with a slight olive or reddish tint, and on the belly are yellowish-white with an ocher tint on the sides.

This species also has a second name – grenadier – in honor of the headdress of soldiers-grenadiers, which appeared at the end of the 17th century. The pointed crest on the bird’s head resembles this headdress.

Crested tits practically do not fly away for the winter – only sometimes they wander from place to place in search of food, but relatively close. It is during such migrations that they can be found in the capital. The birds feed on seeds of conifers, berries and invertebrates. With the onset of cold weather, animal food is replaced by plant food. At the same time, crested tits store up food for themselves all year round.

In total, 245 species of birds live in Moscow, most of them go to warm countries in the fall. The first to fly away are the common cuckoo, the river tern and the barn swallow. Greater crested grebe, woodcock and field thrush stay longer. 90 bird species winter in the capital. And others fly to the place of those who flew away – at this time you can meet the common tap dance, gray shrike, buzzard, snow bunting, spruce crossbill, long-tailed owl and waxwing.

In the natural areas of the city, rare birds from the Red Data Book can be found: black-headed and rock gulls, river tern, small plover, woodcock, lapwings, carrier, woodpeckers, various species of woodpeckers and hawks, field lark, powderpuff, river cricket and many others – more than 20 rare species in total …

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