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Blue tit – Tom titmouse

£465.00

50×50 cm ink, watercolour and metal leaf on wooden panel framed in a black tray frame

Availability: 1 in stock

 

We have blue tits nesting in our roof, so it would have been rude not to have painted this gorgeous little bird.

The Blue tit is also known as the Titmouse, a name taken from Middle English (Icelandic) ttr = small,  and mouse – in Old English mase=small bird.  ‘Tom titmouse’ was its name in the 17th century.

Then there is Blue Cap, Blue Bonnet (Shropshire & Scotland); Blue Ox-eye, Blue Spick (N Devon); Nun; Pedn-play, tree babbler (Cornwall); Pinchem (Bedfordshire); Tinnock, Yaup; Bee Bird (Hampshire); Willow Biter, Billy Biter (Midlands); Pickcheese (Norfolk); Tom Tit, Hickmall, Heckymal; Titmal (West Country.

British blue tits aseldom moving far from where they hatched. Though both sexes look similar, the male is considerably brighter than the female, especially in the blue on the head. It is thought that as they get older, they get brighter plumage with each subsequent moult. No other British tit has blue in its plumage.