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Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)


Photo © Wil Hershberger

Carolina Chickadee eggs

Photo © René Corado

Carolina Chickadee nest

Photo © René Corado

Photo © Alberto Lopez Torres | Macaulay Library

Photo © Michael O'Brien | Macaulay Library

Photo © Marie Chappell | Macaulay Library

Photo © Samuel Paul Galick | Macaulay Library

Song

© Wil Hershberger | Macaulay Library

Song

© Geoffrey A. Keller | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Geoffrey A. Keller | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Wil Hershberger | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Wil Hershberger | 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

3
10

Nest Height

36 ft
1 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

12-15
days

Brooding Period

16-19
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.
  • Where the two species’ ranges come in contact, the Carolina and Black-capped chickadees occasionally hybridize. Hybrids can sing the songs of either species, or might sing something intermediate.