Black-Capped Chickadee

It’s one of the friendliest fliers in North America, and many have convinced the Black-Capped Chickadee to eat from their hand.

Black Capped Chickadee

Roland Jordahl Black-Capped Chickadee

Scientific Name: Poecile atricapilla.
Family: Chickadee.
Length: 5-1/4 inches.
Wingspan: 8 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Black cap and chin, white cheeks and gray back.
Nest: Uses birdhouses and natural cavities to protect the nest made of plant fibers, wool, hair and moss. Six to eight white eggs with brown spots are housed inside.
Voice: “Chick-a-dee-dee-dee” is its recognizable call; song is a “phoe-bee” tune.
Habitat: Wooded residential areas and open woodlands.
Diet: Insects, berries and seeds.
Backyard Favorites: Sunflower seeds, peanuts, suet and nyjer.

Listen to the Black-Capped Chickadee’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Black-capped Chickadee Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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Black Capped Chickadee

Roland Jordahl Black-Capped Chickadee

Scientific Name: Poecile atricapilla.
Family: Chickadee.
Length: 5-1/4 inches.
Wingspan: 8 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Black cap and chin, white cheeks and gray back.
Nest: Uses birdhouses and natural cavities to protect the nest made of plant fibers, wool, hair and moss. Six to eight white eggs with brown spots are housed inside.
Voice: “Chick-a-dee-dee-dee” is its recognizable call; song is a “phoe-bee” tune.
Habitat: Wooded residential areas and open woodlands.
Diet: Insects, berries and seeds.
Backyard Favorites: Sunflower seeds, peanuts, suet and nyjer.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the Black-Capped Chickadee’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Black-capped Chickadee Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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