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The marsh tit (Poecile palustris) is a small bird which, despite its name, occurs in a range of habitats including dry woodland. It has a black cap and nape with a blue sheen visible at close quarters. It is very similar to the willow tit. The marsh tits prefer drier habitats – Willow tits are associated with damper areas. The black cap of marsh tits is glossier than that of willow tits, and doesn’t extend as far down the nape. Willow tits have larger and less defined bibs than marsh tits. And the marsh tit has a pale mandible edge on the bill.
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