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Bearded Tit/Bearded Reedling Panurus biarmicus - Male. L 16-17cm. Reedbed specialist with a rounded body and long tail. Distinctive call leads to affectionate nickname of ‘pinger’. Forms flocks outside breeding season. Sexes are dissimilar Adult male has sandy brown body and tail, with black and white markings on wings. Head is blue-grey with black ‘moustache’. beady yellow eye and yellow bill. Adult female is similar but head is sandy brown. Juvenile is similar to adult female but back is blackish, throat is whiter and eye colour is darker. Voice Utters diagnostic, high-pitched ping call. Song is seldom heard. Status Rather scarce and associated exclusively with extensive reedbeds.