A professor at a Swedish university has witnessed an incredible thing, from the palm of his hand. While holding an egg, a baby Blue Tit bird emerged from the shell, tweeting its arrival.

The wee beaked bird will grow up to have a colourful mix of blue, yellow, white and green plumage. In winter, flocks of tits will cooperate to search for food, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. A garden with four or five blue tits at a feeder at any one time may be feeding 20 or more.

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