Black-capped Chickadee


Poecile articapilla
Black-capped Chickadee



Identification:

Male and Female: They have a round, black head, with white cheeks; a black chin that contrasts against a bright white bib which will fade into a rusty color on their belly with buff edges; their wings are black with white edges; their tails is black with white edges also; and their feet and legs are black. Stands approximately 4 1/2" or 11 cm tall.

Voice: A descending whistle with two notes and sounds like: chick-a-dee-dee-dee.

Food: Seeds, insects and berries. Drawn to thistle-seed feeders.

Nest/Eggs: A domed cup lined with wool, hair, fur, moss and insect cocoons, in a cavity of a tree. 5-10 eggs.

Did you know? In winter Black-capped chickadees form small flocks of about ten birds and defend their territory form intruders.

Note: Due to the fact that the Black-capped Chickadee looks the same in both male and female, I have combined these together under the one heading.