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Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)


Photo © Lyn Winans

Black-capped Chickadee

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

Black-capped Chickadee eggs

Photo © René Corado

Black-capped Chickadee nest

Photo © René Corado

Adult

Photo © Scott Martin | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Jean-Sébastien Guénette | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Jay McGowan | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Suzanne Labbé | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Kent McFarland | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Monique Maynard | Macaulay Library

Song

© William W. H. Gunn | Macaulay Library

Calls and song

© William W. H. Gunn | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Gregory Budney | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Kevin J. Colver | Macaulay Library

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.