A dazzling combination of blue and white makes the azure tit a must see rarity in some parts of Europe

A charming little bird with a dazzling combination of blue and white feathers and a stylish black mask.

The Azure Tit is a sight that most, if not all, European birders would like to see.

A dazzling combination of blue and white makes the azure tit a must see rarity in some parts of Europe

The mysterious counterpart to the more well-known eastern Blue Tit.

This is what a lack of yellow combined with more white, as well as rarity, can do to attract the masses’ attention.

Imagine a wintering bird in, say, a British location; I have no doubt that the number of people who come to pay homage to its presence would break all records.

This turquoise and white riverine bush and light broad-leaved woodland resident spends a quarter of its time on European soil.

A dazzling combination of blue and white makes the azure tit a must see rarity in some parts of Europe

This magnificent bird’s range extends beyond the Western Palearctic to Ussuriland and south to the Tien Shan mountains in Northern China.

With a few notable exceptions, as a resident species, movements into other areas are few and far between.

One example is when the range expanded into northwestern European Russia in the 1870s and 1880s.

A dazzling combination of blue and white makes the azure tit a must see rarity in some parts of Europe

Only to withdraw for no apparent reason later.

However, it is thought that the bird’s inability to sustain a stable population is due to a lack of suitable habitat.

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