Bearded tits, by Nick Appleton 1/4
Bearded tit, by Julian Thomas 2/4
Female bearded tit, by Elizabeth Dack 3/4
Juvenile bearded tits, by Nick Appleton 4/4

Bearded tit Panarus biarmicus

The bearded tit, or more appropriately named – reedling, is not a tit at all but belongs to a family of East-Asian birds called parrotbills. The Norfolk Broads are the stronghold of the bearded tit, but being found only in large stands of reed, this restricts their numbers and range. It is an attractive bird, with the male being a rich tawny colour with black and white wings, and a pale blue head. Hanging from both sides of its bill is a magnificent Victorian gent’s ‘waxed moustache’.

Conservation status

Bearded tits are a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 but this could change because of their reliance on reed bed habitat.

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Did you know? Bearded tits have moustaches not beards.

Bearded tits are also known as bearded reedlings, reed pheasants and bearded parrotbills.

Bearded tits are more closely related to thrushes than tits.
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