March 28, 2015 – Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus)

Requested by: gepwin

These small birds are found only in oak, pine, and juniper woodlands of the West Coast of North America, from southern Oregon to northern Baja California. They eat insects, seeds, and small fruits, usually picking insects from the bark and leaves of trees. Along with another species, the Juniper Titmouse, they were previously known as Plain Titmice. The two species can be distinguished by their slightly different habitats and songs. Pairs of Oak Titmice stay together for life, defending a territory year-round and nesting in cavities. Mammals, snakes, and birds, such as jays, hawks, and owls, often prey on them, although they sometimes mob these predators along with other small birds.