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Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)


Photo © Lyn Winans

Photo © René Corado / WFVZ

Photo © René Corado / WFVZ

Black-capped Chickadee

Photo © Sharon Beals, from the collection of Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates

 

Photo © Jason Means

 

Photo © Mike Powers

 

Photo © Bill Corwin

 

Photo © Laura Erickson

 

Photo © Jerry Acton

 

Photo © Bill Shiess

 

Photo © Maria Corcacas

 

Photo © birdmandea

Nestlings

Photo © Charles Eldermire

Pacific Northwest whistled song

© Geoffrey A. Keller

3 Songs and chickadee-dee-dee call

© Gregory F. Budney

Calls

© Gregory F. Budney

Ti-ti-ti notes and short whistled song

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Oregon Song

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Typical Song

© Gregory F. Budney

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

forest

open woodland

town

Substrates

Nestbox or Birdhouse

Live Tree Cavity

Dead Tree Cavity

What You'll Find

Nest Type

cavity

Chick

Altricial

Clutch Size

6
8

Nest Height

20 ft
4 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

12-13
days

Brooding Period

12-16
days

Useful Hints

  • Both members of a pair will excavate a nest cavity in rotten wood, or enlarge an abandoned woodpecker cavity.
  • Chickadees often incorporate moss and animal fur into their nests, which the female builds.
  • Parental behavior during egg laying includes some mate-guarding, and “courtship” feeding is particularly prominent in response to broken “dee” vocalizations.