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  • noun A bird in the Paridae family, binomial name Parus major.


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  • Parus major. This is a little creature my cat Erazma dragged in from the balcony. I was so distressed about it, because great tits (which are rather small, actually), are lovely songbirds and their music gives me much pleasure. The Slovene name is "sinica" (pronounced see-NEE-tsa).

    December 6, 2007

  • See titanothelous.

    December 7, 2007

  • Hilarious, sionnach. But to tell you the truth, the poor thing was in such a state I didn't get a good look at its nipples.

    December 7, 2007

  • Yes, this one always gets a laugh among new birders....

    Poor little thing.

    December 7, 2007

  • rolig, I read your comment too fast and thought your cat's name was Eczema. Then I read it again and STILL thought it was Eczema. I'm glad it is not, after all, named Eczema.

    Speaking of tits.

    December 8, 2007

  • c_b, I just came across your comment. Hilarious! Erazma is laughing about it, too. She was named for the Slovene "Robin Hood" Erazem Podjamski, who was a bandit in the Middle Ages and built a castle inside a cave (come to Slovenia and I'll show it to you. Erazma is the feminine form of the name, which is the Slovene version of the Latin name Erasmus. Curiously, I could find only one significant reference to the name Erazma/Erasma: St. Erasma was martyred in Aquileia, in the 4th century, I think; it's curious because Aquileia is not very far from Ljubljana, where I live, and used to have ecclesiastical domination over these parts.

    December 17, 2007

  • A castle in a cave? Wow, sounds like a ship in a bottle, I'm curious now.

    December 17, 2007

  • I think you can see a picture of Predjama Castle here, though this façade is from the 16th century; Erazem's castle was just the upper left-hand part of this, and extended into the cave.

    December 17, 2007

  • Interesting, pity we can't see into the cave. Much obliged anyway!

    December 17, 2007

  • Among the most studied birds in the world.

    May 20, 2009