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Southern Black Tit

Afrikaans name: Gewone Swartmees

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Southern Black Tit

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Southern Black Tit

Photo © Steven Herbert

Parus niger

Southern Black Tits are normally found in small flocks in open woodland. They tend to be seen halfway up the trees as the forage amongst the leaves.

They are found along most of the eastern half of South Africa but they are absent from the Free State.

Insects form the main part of their diet, and in particular wasps, but they also eat fruit and nectar.

The female Southern Black Tit does most of the work when it comes to breeding. She makes the nest and lays up to 6 eggs. She then incubes them for about 2 weeks. She leaves the nest at times to go and feed. Once the chicks hatch then the male and other "helper" birds from the flock assist with feeding them.

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