Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus)

 Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus) in Canton of Vaud, Switzerland. August 2017. Not baited. Not called in.

Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus) in Canton of Vaud, Switzerland. August 2017. Not baited. Not called in.

Also known as the Bearded Tit, the Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus) is a small passerine, only European representative of the Panuridae family.
Bearded Reedlings feed on small insects and spiders found in the reeds. But when winter comes, when this food source gets scarce, they start to feed on reed grains, and their stomach changes to adapt to this new diet.

The species started to breed in Switzerland in 1976 but there are still only less than 100 pairs in the country, located on Lake Neuchâtel and Lake Biel. Thus, the population is really fragile and every single sighting is a privilege.

Love Nature.
Jonathan