The traditional habitat of
the coal tit is coniferous woodland, but it is
often seen in parks and gardens, although much
less regularly than blue tits and great tits.
The coal tit tends to be less bold than other
tits; when visiting a bird table or feeder, it
will tend to grab a peanut for instance, then
fly away to a quiet spot to actually eat it.
Although it can be confused with blue and
great tits due to the black and white head, it
does not have the yellow breast of these two
members of the tit family, instead the breast
is a pale, almost white colour. A white patch
on the nape of the neck is a good aid to
identification. In winter coal tits often join
up with other members of the family and such
birds as goldcrests to forage through wooded
areas in search of food.