The get-fit blue tit who practises chin-ups between flights

  1. by LUKE SALKELD
    Last updated at 19:01pm on 20th December 2007

    After a hard day's flying, you might think a blue tit would get more than enough exercise to stay in shape.

    But this body-conscious bird appears to have found time to practice some chin-ups.


    Or maybe it has simply lost confidence in its flying abilities and is hanging to the twig on a wing and a prayer.

    Spotted on forestry commission land near Farnborough, Hampshire, this bird displays a stunning agility with its claws wrapped tightly around the wood.

    And the strange looking position is in fact a regular part of the blue tits feeding strategy. Grahame Madge of the RSPB explained: "Blue tits are extremely agile and light weight birds and are very acrobatic feeders.

    "They often hang upside down on branches to catch insects, and this is a very comfortable position for them to be in."
    He added: "Around bird feeders, birds will wait for their turn to eat. There is a definite pecking order."

    (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=503749&in_page_id=1770)
     
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  2. It's so cute!
     
  3. So many punch lines come to mind.
     
  4. So cute. I love birds!