Coal tits look a lot like great tits that have been washed in very hot water. Not only are they more pale than great tits, they are also much smaller. With their 11 centimeters, coals tits are the smallest tit species in Europe. They live mostly in coniferous forests and build their nests close to the ground in decaying trees. Their long thin beaks are perfect for prying insects out of pine cones or tree bark. In the winter, they sometimes visit well-stocked feeding tables.