Long-tailed Tits Look Like Pleasantly Plump Little Bird Dumplings - These creatures are Long-tailed Tits (Aegithalos caudatus). A Long-tailed Tit will construct a domed nest that consists of moss woven together with spider webs and hair. The outside of the nest is camouflaged with up to 3,000 flakes of lichen and lined with an average of 1500 feathers. Even with that, the Long-tailed Tit has a hell of a time surviving predation: only 17% of nests will successfully produce live offspring.
Lindy West on the Trouble With Cute Birds: “You can’t snuggle with it or it will be squished. You can’t really pet it because it’s golf-ball-sized and it can fly. It can’t speak English because it doesn’t have lips and its brain is made of a Sweet Tart.”