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Moskovka (black or small tit) - This is the smallest of our tits and the most pretty. It is as if created for content in a cell. It quickly gets used to it, in contrast, for example, from the great tit, which remains wild for a long time.

Muscovite in color is a bit like a great tit, having the same white cheeks and a spot on the back of the head. The abdomen and sides are whitish with a buffy coating. The head and upper chest are black. The back is gray, and the wings and short tail are brownish-gray.

It inhabits the coniferous and mixed forests of Eurasia from the UK to Kamchatka and Japan, as well as North Africa. Breeds in April - June. Small tits arrange their nests in hollows. In clutch there are 6-11 eggs with reddish specks of white. Both parents take part in incubation and feeding of chicks.

In appearance, lively character and habits, the black tit is similar to other tits, but not as "predatory" as the big tit. It can be kept together with a wide variety of birds in cages and aviaries. There have been cases of successful breeding of Muscovites in conditions of free keeping in the apartment, as well as in large aviaries and cages. To do this, in a room with birds you need to put a little birdhouse or a nesting house.

Kenarovods also sometimes use Moscow as a teacher of canaries, although her song is not as sonorous as that of a great tit and more hasty. However, the fervent "qi-qi-phi", repeated several times in a row, is quite harmonious and deserves the attention of lovers of bird singing. In the choir of home singers, Moscow may take one of the places of honor. Feeding and maintenance are similar to those of the great tit.

Vladimir Ostapenko. "Birds in your house." Moscow, "Ariadia", 1996

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