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The bearded tit (Panurus biarmicus) is neither bearded nor a tit! It is named because it has a black 'moustache' rather than a beard, and now it is thought to be a unique songbird more closely related to larks than tits. Resident in temperate Europe and across the Palearctic, it is the only species in the family Panuridae. Cinnamon-brown with a long, brown tail, it has a grey head with a yellow bill and eyes. Females are less colourful than males, and do not have the moustache. It is mainly found in large reed-beds where it feeds on insects and reed seeds and builds its nest low down among the reeds, often on piles of dead reed stems. It is also known as the bearded reedling.
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