Black-capped Chickadee

General description.

While the Black-capped Chickadee is nonmigratory and with us throughout the year, it is during the winter that the Black-capped Chickadee takes first place in our affections. Active, cheerful, friendly, he is an ever welcome visitor to our lunch-counters, and often shows complete and winning confidence in us by perching on our hands. His clearly enunciated chick-a-dee, with its variations, we accept as his characteristic language, but the sentiment expressed in his two- or three-noted whistle seems to belong to the Pewee rather than the Black-capped Chickadee. It is, in fact, often falsely attributed to that bird, even when our books tell us that the Pewee is wintering in the tropics! The Black-capped Chickadee nests in holes, usually within ten feet of the ground, laying 5-9 white, brown-speckled eggs in the first half of May. The Black-capped Chickadee has a black crown with white stripes on the wings and while slightly bigger than the Caroline Chickadee, looks almost identical.

Female appearance.


Flight pattern.

Direct and roller coaster.

Population and distribution.

the Black-capped Chickadee Nests from central Missouri and northern New Jersey north into Canada, south, along the Alleghanies to North Carolina; winters south to Maryland.

Nesting habits.

The Black-capped Chickadee will nest in a variety of places and will lay 5-10 white eggs.

Buying feeders.

The Black-capped Chickadee will east from feeders, including sunflower seeds, berries, fruit, suet, and other seeds.
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