Tits with tales to tell

Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: Long-tailed tits have more complicated love lives than most birds

“Tell-tale tit, your mother can’t knit, your dad can’t walk with a walking stick!” goes the playground taunt that singles out the informer and their family for ridicule and revenge. There are other versions including “Tell-tale tit, your tongue’ll be split, all the dogs in town will have a little bit.”

What tales do tits tell? “Tit” in this context means little bird, a Nordic word that couples with Old English mase to become titmouse, the little birds that scuttle around the garden feeders or fidget like rapid-eye movement through hedges. Perhaps the secrets they shouldn’t tell have something to do with their complicated love lives.

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Source: The Guardian
Tits with tales to tell