The Bearded Reedling or, as known by their more popular name, the Bearded Tit are small, round songbirds that are as talented as they are adorable.
These beautiful birds were first documented in the book Systema Naturae(1758) by Swedish Botanist Carl Linnaeus. After long years of study and research, the Bearded Tit (Panurus biarmicus) was classified under the Panarus genus.
The etymology of the word Panurus comes from the Greek terms ‘panu’ meaning ‘exceedingly’ and ‘ουρά’ which translates to tail. The term perfectly describes the long tail found on the male and female Bearded Tit.
Aside from their longer-than-normal tail, other distinct characteristics of the male Bearded Reedling are the identical black mustache under their eyes while the females do not exhibit these mustaches, they have darker orange bills than the males.
Their tiny round bodies are brownish-orange in color while their heads are grayish-blue or ash-grey. While similar in coloring, the females are generally paler than the male Bearded Reedlings.
These beautiful birds can be only found in Europe and in East Asia since they are not known to take part in migration. The palm-sized birds are quite sensitive to changes in temperature and prefer temperate climates.