Scientific name: Poecile carolinensis
While a chickadee of one species or another is familiar to most people in North America, for those in the southeastern U.S. it is the Carolina Chickadee that is coming to a feeder or occupying a wooded backyard. With a personality all out of proportion to its size, the Carolina Chickadee is noisy, acrobatic, inquisitive, and social.
Though well adapted to surviving cold winters, there is evidence that supplemental feeding through the use of bird feeders does improve overwinter survival. Annual survival rates are usually around 50%, and the longest known living Carolina Chickadee was over 10 years old.