The adorable birds love to chill in reedbeds, swamps, wetland, lakes, and other freshwater habitats.
One of the funniest traits of this bird is its ability to out-split even the most expert gymnast. Believe it or not, they are most relaxed in this position.
Who needs extensive yoga sessions when you’re a Bearded Reedling who can do the perfect split?
Bearded Tit are regarded as monogamous but every now a then, some birds do have another partner.
These wetland birds are prolific breeders who can produce up to four broods of 3 to 11 eggs in any given year. Both male and female Reedlings take part in incubating their eggs for 14 days.
Although their habitats are in decline due to human activity, the Bearded Tit is not an endangered species. Experts estimate that there are around 6 million Bearded Reedlings around the globe.
Although their flight speed has not yet been officially documented, their twisting techinque make these birds unremarkable fliers.
They more than make up for this with their ability to balance in the flimsiest of reed blades in the wetlands they occupy.
The sad thing about these floofiest puff balls is they only live shortly
Bearded Reedlings have a short lifespan of 3 to 6 years in the wild. They prefer to live their days hanging with other Reedlings and looking for their favorite insects to munch on.
These birds are also known to be affectionate pets should you choose to domesticate them. However, they require a large space to fly freely whenever they want making it cruel to keep them cooped up in a cage for too long.
During their mating season from March to September, male Bearded Reedlings will show some agression towards another male of their kind when competing for the attention of a female Bearded Tit.
You don’t have to be a bird enthusiast to see the appeal of these fluffy Bearded Reedlings. They are undeniably cute and they are definitely a must-see gift from nature.
Next time you’re near a marsh or a lake, be on the lookout for some Bearded Tit. If you have a hard time spotting them, look for the bird seriously relaxing while doing the splits like it’s nothing.
I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.