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Blue tits pecking the silver foil tops of milk bottles to reach the milk underneath has become part of British folklore but is a sight that is rarely seen nowadays.

The culprits turned out to be birds of the tit family, and this milk thievery spread quickly, with people all over Europe noticing tits pecking through.

Suburban Britain was fascinated when blue tits learnt how to peck open milk bottle tops on doorsteps and get at the cream underneath. Sometimes the birds followed milk floats and swooped when a delivery was made. Ornithologists said that changes in people's milk-buying habits were.

Birds are comparable with chimps and orangutans in their Dismayed, he told his customers he'd seen blue tits pecking at the bottles — could.