Mystery bird: great tit, Parus major | @GrrlScientist

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 13:00 in Paleontology & Archaeology

This British mystery bird is notable because its beak shape changes throughout the year Great tit, Parus major, Linnaeus, 1758, also known as the grey/gray tit, great titmouse, or as the oxeye tit, photographed at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve, Cheshire, England (UK). Image: Roy Hill, 23 Jan 2012 (with permission, for GrrlScientist/Guardian use only) [velociraptorize].Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 135mm f/2L + 1.4x extender Here's a reminder of the original (cropped) mystery bird image that I shared: Question: This British mystery bird is notable because one part of its body changes its morphology throughout the season. What body part is this and why does its shape change? Can you identify this mystery bird's taxonomic family and species? Response: This is an adult great tit, Parus major, a small songbird that is placed into the tit family, Paridae. It is a common and widespread species found throughout much of...

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