Coal Tit (Periparus ater)

A Coal Tit in a Pine Tree - Zabljak, Montenegro

It was Labor Day weekend here in Serbia and we took advantage of the extra travel day and visited the Durmitor National Park, just over the border in Montenegro. On the first night going from our hotel to dinner, I spotted this Coal Tit in a tree across the street. We stayed in the village of Zabljak and this bird allowed me to get quite close and photograph it.

Coal Tits are quite common in Europe and they are traditionally associated with conifers. They also frequent garden bird feeders. Zabljak is at 4,800 feet (1465 meters) and has plenty of pine trees. This is the second tit I have identified. The Coal Tit can be distinguished by the two white wing bands and a white spot on the nape of the neck. This spot is barely visible in this photo. The coal tit is known as the jelova senica which translates to Fir Tit.

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