In The Field: Is a lively backyard visitor, with bright colors and a multiplicity
In The Cave: Becomes a pillaging bat predator.
Under Study: The bird goes bat hunting when seeds and insects become scarce, usually in late winter, notes a study led by the Max Planck Institute in Seewiesen, Germany. Then it's ambush time. Researchers watched great tits enter a Hungarian cave where common pipistrelle bats were hibernating and haul the inch-and-a-half-long animals out. The researchers call it a "surprising innovation" during a food shortage.
Learn more about the great tit at the Encyclopedia of Life.
Learn more about pipistrelle bats at the Encyclopedia of Life.