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1 June 2013 Tufted Titmouse Entangled in the Burrs of Beggar's Lice (Hackelia virginiana)
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We discovered a live Baeolophus bicolor (Tufted Titmouse) entangled in the burrs of Hackelia virginiana (Beggar's Lice) on 28 September 2012 in Kutztown, PA. We extracted and released the titmouse because it appeared to be unable to free itself from the plant. To our knowledge, this is the second published report of a bird becoming entangled in Beggar's Lice and the first documentation of a Tufted Titmouse becoming entangled in any plant. Entanglement in Beggar's Lice is unusual because of the small size (3–4 mm) of its burrs.

Todd J. Underwood and Robyn M. Underwood "Tufted Titmouse Entangled in the Burrs of Beggar's Lice (Hackelia virginiana)," Northeastern Naturalist 20(2), 372-374, (1 June 2013). https://doi.org/10.1656/045.020.0212
Published: 1 June 2013
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