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Set B1 - British Birds - card information

10. The Long-Tailed Tit
(Ægithalos caudatus)

10. The Long-Tailed Tit

A fairy mite is the Long-tailed Tit and it builds a fairy nest. This consists of a ball of moss, spider silk and grey lichens, lined with a quantity of soft feathers. Herein are laid a dozen or more tiny eggs, so small and so fragile it seems almost impossible that chicks will emerge from them ; but they do, and soon the cradle is full of eager babies. How they all lie within and get fed in turn is a mystery of which only the parent birds know the solution.