The Coal Tit has a subtle pinky-yellow front without the black centre line of its Great and Blue cousins, white cheeks, black bib and black cap with a distinctive, white "badger" stripe on the nape.
Shown is the British subspecies, P. a. britannicus, which is a little smaller than those in southern Europe and has a slight olive green tinge to its grey back rather than the blue-grey of continental European birds.
"They said that's the icing on the cake"
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The badger stripe
The Coal Tit is a little smaller than the Blue Tit (top)
The pink tongue
The fledgling initially has a grey front and yellow cheeks
The front gradually turns pale yellow