These tiny birds live on a Japanese island and look like flying cotton balls

This adorable little fluff of a bird will have you staring for hours.

You won’t be able to take your eyes off of this cutie! Formally known as a Long-tailed tit these little guys can be found throughout Europe and through0ut the Palearctic region, particularly on the Japanese island called Hokkaido.

This Japanese island has plenty of preserved wildlife which makes for a perfect home for the Long-tailed tit.

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The Long-tailed tit’s habitat usually consists of deciduous and mixed woodland they also love river grassland, farmland, parks, and gardens. They are found in all sorts of colors but mainly black and white. The Long-tailed tit is one of the most loveable garden birds of all, and they aren’t afraid to say hello!

Their tiny circular bodies are easy to spot with their long tails and significant bird call.

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The Long-tailed tit uses their call to stay in contact with other family members.

How sweet is that!? Their bird call sounds a bit like si-si-si-si and is quite easy to recognize. Their calls become louder and louder when they get farther away from their group or family.

The Long-tailed tit is a very social bird and for bird watchers everywhere they might be the one to literally land on your shoulder.

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They participate in cooperative breeding where their off-spring gets taken care of by other “helpers”. So they basically have babysitters so the parents can continue to breed. Interesting, right? They make their nests out of feathers, moss, lichen, and spider egg cocoons which turns into a flexible little sack.

The Long-tailed tit will nest either low in a bramble bush or high in the forks of tree branches.

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Although the way they create their nest is extremely strategic they have a very low success rate (only %17). They certainly need to work on a better nesting situation. After breeding season which is July-February, the Long-tailed tit joins forces with about 7-15 other birds which they usually keep in contact with.

This little bird group can consist of family members or another friendly adorable Long-tailed tit.

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They all play a role in survival if that’s breeding or being a “helper” which is quite interesting. The Long-tailed tit loves a community and we couldn’t relate more. These social little storybook birds are hard not to fall in love with and people find any way to lure them into their own gardens.

On the Japanese island of Hokkaido, the Long-tailed tit has no trouble making themselves at home.

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But if you want some help getting these feathered friends into your garden what you need is pretty simple. They love smaller seeds, breadcrumbs, grated cheese, and peanut fragments which are perfect to sprinkle throughout your garden. Long-tailed tit’s, bed themselves in thick shrubs like a Hawthorn to conserve energy, if you’re thinking of planting something that will make them feel safe and comfortable. These real-life flying cotton balls are just too cute to handle that’s for sure.

Thank goodness we finally know what a Long-tailed tit is!

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Source: Diply, Wikipedia, DiscoverWildlife

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