Carolina chickadees are able to lower their body temperatures to induce an intentional state of hypothermia called torpor. They do this to conserve energy during extremely cold winters. In extremely cold weather conditions they look for cavities where they can hide in and spend up to fifteen hours at a time in torpor; during this time they are awake but unresponsive; they should not be picked up and handled at this time, as the stress of being held may cause their death.
The lifespan of the tufted titmouse is approximately 2.1 years, although it can live for more than ten years. On average, these birds will have a clutch size of five to seven eggs. Unlike many birds, the offspring of tufted titmice will often stay with their parents during the winter, and even after the first year of their life. Sometimes, a bird born the year before will help its parents raise the next year’s young.
Incredible info on both birds, HJ. And wonderful captures! ❤
Thank you very much, Donna. 🙂
I too, found this infomation fascinating for both bird species. I wonder if this habit of sticking with their family is partially the reason for people’s love of the titmouse, apart from their cuteness. I wonder if the black-capped Chickadee in the north has some similar çharacteristics?
In the case of the Titmouse, Not many people are aware of the family behavior, but knowing it, infuses extra sympathy toward these birds.
I believe that there must be a similar characteristic only more so in the North where is very cold for longer time. My opinion. Thank you, Jane. 🙂
Thanks for the info and research, H.J.! Lovely photos too! I wonder if Carolina Chickadees will move north as the climate continues to warm. I didn’t know that about Tufted Titmouse. That reminds me, I should visit some places where I’m more likely to see them. I last saw their cousins, the Black-Crested, in Texas.
Thank you so much, Lisa. I don’t think they will. I have them in my backyard for almost 14 years. They like the warm weather as much as the cold weather. 🙂
Cute names for even cuter little birds, and as always your photographs are top-notch, H.J!
I guess that, birders are terrible at naming birds. I wonder what their children names are. Thanks a lot. D. 🙂
We have a pair of titmice in the yard that has been teaching their young to bathe in our fountain. It is awesome to see.
I love to watch any of my birds taking a bath. They make such a splash. Excuse the pun. Thank you, Lisa. 🙂
Puns are okay with me. I use them myself and never tire of them. I too, love watching the birds drink and bath. 🙂