In the world of cute things, tiny is king. Smol is best.
And to those of you rolling your eyes at that, “smol” isn’t just a juvenile misspelling of a perfectly good word. Yes, tininess is a very important element of being truly smol, but there is also an emotional element.
“And call him George.”
Tiny birds definitely fall into the smol category and I stumbled across a particularly smol bird worth appreciating.
(Please pause for giggles.)
Long-tailed tits are quite common throughout Europe and Asia, and their tails are only really “long” in relation to their tiny bodies. An adult only grows to be about 13-15 cm (5-6 in) long, and that’s including the tail, which counts for as much as half that length.
Hokkaido is the second largest island in Japan and is home to a lot of preserved wildlife areas, including six national parks and 17 quasi-national and prefectural parks.
As such, it has become famous for its wildlife diversity and there are many species that can only be found there.
While most long-tailed tits have brown or gray “eyebrows” and more brown in their feathers, the ones in Hokkaido have pure white faces.
This makes them look like flying cotton balls, with black tails and wings.
It literally translates to “long-tailed island” bird, which is pretty much accurate.