About 14 centimetres long, in flight this small and rotund tit looks like a tiny, pale ball with a narrow tail. The adult has a whitish head and underparts with a broad black band from the side of its forehead along the crown side, or a white head, reddish-brown flanks and belly.
This non-migratory tit can be found throughout Europe in deciduous and mixed woods with rich undergrowth, as well as heathland and farmland.
Long-tailed tits live in family groups for most of year. They build closed, oval nests of moss and feathers, held together with spiders’ webs and camouflaged with birch bark and lichen. They feed on insects and seeds.