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The tufted titmouse has mainly soft blue-gray upper parts with a peaked crest and blackish forehead. Its dark eye is emphasized by an otherwise pale face and under parts that are mainly a very pale blue-gray. There is an orange-buff wash on flanks and whitish under tail coverts. Its bill is dark and its legs are blue-gray. They are 5.5-6.3 inches long with a wingspan of 7.9-10.2 inches.
DuPage County Notes
This relative of our common local black-capped chickadee has its main range south of DuPage County, but a few wanderers occasionally appear in our forested preserves. They mainly feed on invertebrates in the warm months, seeds and fruits in the winter.