Flock online for the Great Backyard Bird Count

Both amateur and professional birders alike are invited to participate in the 22nd annual Great Backyard Bird Count, an online citizen science project that helps scientists monitor bird populations around the world. Participating is easy–just venture outside for as little as 15 minutes and record any bird sightings. Perhaps you’ll spot a black-crested titmouse, like this one photographed in Texas Hill Country. Last year’s event saw nearly 200,000 participants who recorded a combined 6,310 species.

The black-crested titmouse, is a small songbird, a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. Once considered a subspecies of the tufted titmouse, it was recognized as a separate species in 2002. It is native to southern Texas, Oklahoma, and east-central Mexico. Vagrants have been seen as far north and east as St. Louis, Missouri.
Scientific name: Baeolophus atricristatus
Biological rank: Species
Higher classification: Baeolophus
Class: Bird
Order: Passerine
Family: Tit
Black-crested Titmouse Baeolophus atricristatus, Santa Ana NWR, lower Rio Grande valley, Texas
Black-crested titmouse in Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge