Tufted Titmouse, Baeolophus bicolor


Tufted Titmouse
My only two pictures of this attractive species, common throughout eastern North America but not where I live, came on springtime visits four years apart to Cape Cod, and specifically to the very birdy refuge provided by the Beech Forest just outside of Provincetown. Above, a Tufted Titmouse strikes a classic pose; below, an incubating female away from the nest, showing her brood patch, the breach in her belly feathers that allows her to keep her eggs warm by direct contact with her skin. Birds of North American Online reports that only the female of this species incubates, and that she often leaves the nest in response to the call of the male, who feeds her off-nest.


Tufted Titmouse