Food Preferences of the Tufted Titmouse
In warmer months, Tufted Titmice generally eat insects, snails and spiders. Beyond those primary food sources, titmice will also eat seeds and berries.
As live food becomes harder to find in the winter, they are most likely to visit feeders that feature sunflower seeds. During these colder months, more than 70 percent of their food intake is made up of plant-based foods.
Beyond sunflower seeds, other feeder foods for titmice are mealworms, Nyjer®, peanuts, safflower and suet. Among their favorite “wild” foods are blueberry, mulberry, Virginia creeper and pine seeds.
Thanks in part to their gregarious nature, Tufted Titmice will visit practically any feeder in search of food, including tube and hopper feeders. You might even try offering blueberries from a tray feeder on winter mornings. The titmice will certainly appreciate the change of pace.
As a caching bird species, the Tufted Titmouse rarely eats immediately upon taking food from a feeder. Instead, it may opt to wedge it in tree bark or bury it in the ground for later retrieval.
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