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Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)


Photo © Bob Gunderson

Photo © RenĂ© Corado / WFVZ

Photo © RenĂ© Corado / WFVZ

Adult

Photo © quasimodo4502

Adult

Photo © birdiemama

Adult

Photo © cdbtx

Adult

Photo © cdbtx

Adult

Photo © cdbtx

Tsee-dee; see

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Chicka-dee and seet calls

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Gargle and seet calls

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Husky chicka-dee call

© Thomas G. Sander

High-pitched see notes

© Geoffrey A. Keller

High wheezy calls

© Charles A. Sutherland

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

forest

Substrates

Nestbox or Birdhouse

Live Tree Cavity

Dead Tree Cavity

What You'll Find

Nest Type

cavity

Chick

Altricial

Clutch Size

1
6
7
11

Nest Height

12 ft
1 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

12-18
days

Brooding Period

18-21
days

Useful Hints

  • The Chestnut-backed Chickadee uses lots of fur in making its nest, with fur or hair accounting for up to half the material in the hole. The adults make a layer of fur about a half-inch thick that they use to cover the eggs when they leave the nest.
  • Males take the first step in choosing nest sites, approaching a possible location while the female watches. Later, the female decides on the site, enters the cavity, and accepts pieces of vegetation brought by the male.
  • Chestnut-backed Chickadees prefer nest boxes oriented in an eastern to southeastern direction.