Description of the Black-capped Chickadee
Length: 5 in. Wingspan: 8 in.
Same as male.
Seasonal change in appearance
Similar to adults.
Woodlands, groves, forest edges, and suburban areas with mature trees.
Primarily insects and seeds. Readily frequents bird feeders for suet or seeds.
Very active as it forages on twigs and branches. Often occurs in mixed-species flock in the winter, along with nuthatches, kinglets, Downy Woodpeckers, and other small songbirds.
A widespread resident from central Alaska to eastern Canada and south through the south-central U.S.
Black-capped Chickadee populations are largely stable.
Males often feed females during spring courtship.
Both sexes may help excavate a cavity, while the nest is built largely by the female.
Song is fee-bee, feebaaa.
Call is an eponymous “chick-a-dee-dee”. Often given as an alarm call, the more dee-dee-dees in the string, the more serious the chickadee believes the threat to be.
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Black-capped Chickadees are a popular backyard bird. Offer black oil sunflower or sunflower hearts. Suet is also a chickadee favorite.