Marsh tit and bat share nestbox


Marsh tit sharing nestbox with bat

The Dutch Mammal Society reports something unusual about a nestbox in Crailo forest this year.

That nestbox is built for coal tits.

However, this spring marsh tits built their nest and laid eggs in the box. The first time that this species was recorded in nestboxes in that area.

In the same box, a common noctule bat rests regularly.

The animals do not seem to mind each other.

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13 thoughts on “Marsh tit and bat share nestbox

    • Maybe!

      There is an interesting difference between this, and the great tits-pipistrelle bats relationship. Some (a smal minority) of great tits eat wintering pipistrelle bats. In this case, tits are smaller, bats are bigger than that.

    • Thanks for your comment, catbird.

      Originally, both bats and tits used to nest in holes in trees. These are rarer now in human-influenced forests. Fortunately, nestboxes can be substitutes.

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