A tit or not a tit, that’s the question!

According to my first Dutch birding book, edition 1960 (Prisma Vogel Boek), the bearded tit was quite rare in the Netherlands. It was called (in Dutch) baardmees, similar like in English bearded tit, in French mésange à moustaches, in German bartmeise. Nowadays it’s called baardman (in English) bearded man. Still it’s of the same family of all the tits, Paridae.

Vrouwtje baardman

So far nobody could give me an understandable explanation of the change of the naming in the Netherlands. And, surprise surprise, a female bearded tit is in Dutch not called a “baardvrouw” but a “vrouw baardman”!! Logic, or not?

Mannetje baardman

In the period 2013-2015 the breeding population of bearded tits in the Netherlands was 1400-2100. Winter distribution in the same period 5000-7000 species. This numbers increased as result of the absence of cold winters since then.

Twee paartjes baardmannen