As one of the friendliest backyard birds in North America, many have convinced this flier to eat from their hand. Learn how to attract a black-capped chickadee to your yard, and listen to its song.
Photo: Roland Jordahl
- Scientific Name: Poecile atricapilla.
- Family: Titmouse.
- Length: 5-1/4 inches.
- Wingspan: 8 inches.
- Distinctive Markings: Black cap and chin, white cheeks, gray back.
- Nest: Six to eight white eggs with brown spots. Uses birdhouses and natural cavities to protect its nest of plant fibers, wool, hair and moss.
- Song: "Chick-a-dee-dee-dee" is its call, which many will recognize. Its song is a "phoe-bee" tune.
- Habitat: Wooded suburbs and open woodlands.
- Diet: Insects, berries and seeds.
- Backyard Favorites: Sunflower seeds, suet and thistle.
Listen to this bird’s song