Black-crested Titmouse

The black-crested titmouse is a small, gray bird with a distinctive black crest on its head. This bird belongs to the family of Paridae and can be found in the southwestern United States and Mexico.

Where To Find This Bird

The black-crested titmouse is commonly found in oak-juniper woodlands, pine-oak forests, and mesquite brushlands. Its range extends from southeastern Arizona through western Texas to central Mexico.


This bird prefers habitats that have plenty of dead trees or snags for nest sites as well as open areas where it can forage for food. In addition, they like areas that are not too dense so they can easily move around without getting lost.


The diet of the black-crested titmouse includes insects such as beetles, caterpillars, ants and spiders. They also eat seeds from plants such as junipers and hackberries when insects are hard to find during winter months.

Cool Facts

Here are some interesting facts about this fascinating little bird:

1) The Black-Crested Titmouse is closely related to other species including Tufted Titmice and Chickadees.
2) It has been observed using tools! Some birds will use leaves or twigs to pry off bark or scale it back.
3) This species has several vocalizations used for communication ranging from warning calls when predators approach to singing duets between mates.
4) Despite being relatively common within its range (least concern), habitat loss due primarily to urbanization poses an ongoing threat.
5) The oldest known individual was at least 7 years old before passing away.

In conclusion, the black-crested titmouse may seem like just another small gray bird at first glance but upon closer inspection it reveals itself to be one of nature’s marvels with its unique crest on top of its head, intelligence in tool use among many other things, and its ability to thrive in the face of challenges. With proper conservation efforts, we can ensure that this special bird continues to exist for many more years!