The long-tailed tit, which is found on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, is definitely in the running for cutest bird species in the country.

Its charms are so well known throughout Japan that they even have their own merch. You can buy a long-tailed tit cushion, or food stickers to turn any snack into the bird, or even teabags with long-tailed tit motifs.

If you can’t get enough of the cute little critters, there’s even a Twitter page dedicated to everything long-tailed tit, or ‘shimaenaga’ as they are called in Japanese.

While you can find many adorable updates on that profile, one particular post caught viral attention recently, the long-tailed tit in mochi form.

While the features are drawn quite simply, you can clearly see the resemblance. The one with pink blushing cheeks is particularly sweet.

The type of traditional Japanese sweet used to portray these birds is ‘kashiwa mochi’, a white mochi with a sweet red bean paste filling. It is wrapped in a kashiwa leaf, which comes from a type of oak tree, and unlike some other mochi leaf wrappings, this one can’t be eaten and is just for decoration. In this case, it definitely adds extra cuteness!

If you want to see more of this adorable bird, check out @daily_simaenaga on Twitter to get your fix!

By - Jess.