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'Punk of the Pine Forest'

During the winter, dark days of wild storms can give way to the perfect, glistening stillness of a frost encrusted forest, its wondrous beauty and nature at its utmost. Though winter is tough for wildlife, food is in limited supply and day lengths are short, especially for small birds and finding enough food to survive takes up every daylight hour. For one such bird, unusual in that there are only 2 or possibly 3 songbirds that have a crest, is the charismatic crested tit or as it is affectionately known ‘Punk of the Pine Forest'. Like the capercaillie, this stunning little bird is also a relic of the ancient Caledonian pine forests and thereby confined to only a small pocket of remnant pine

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