titmouseThe boisterous, friendly titmouse is usually heard before it is seen.  Sometimes called "tomtit" in the South, this saucy little bundle of nervous energy bounces through the treetops scolding "peter, peter, peter" at any intruder in the territory.  

The work "titmouse" is derived from Old Icelandic titr; meaning "something small" and "mouse" a corruption of the Old English mace meaning small bird.

titmouseTwo forms of titmouse appear in Texas, the "tufted titmouse" and the "black-crested titmouse."  They both feed on an assortment of small berries.  They form long term pair bonds and the male feeds his mate through the breeding season and while she incubates her eggs.