The smallest of our tit species, the coal tit is distinguished by its glossy black crown, white cheeks and nape, and grey-buff belly plumage. It is less than half the weight of a great tit which it resembles.
The head is unusually large in proportion to its body and short tail. It is typically found in and around conifers where it gets its food.
Its long and slender beak make it better adapted for extracting seeds from conifers.