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Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)


Photo © Bob Gunderson

Chestnut-backed Chickadee eggs

Photo © RenĂ© Corado

Chestnut-backed Chickadee nest

Photo © RenĂ© Corado

Adult

Photo © Neill Vanhinsberg | Macaulay Library

Adult (Central California Coast)

Photo © Paul Fenwick | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Grace Oliver | Macaulay Library

Adult (Central California Coast)

Photo © Paul Fenwick | Macaulay Library

Adult (Central California Coast)

Photo © Nick Rosen | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Marie O'Shaughnessy | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © David Badke | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © J Millsaps | Macaulay Library

Song

© Geoffrey A. Keller | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Geoffrey A. Keller | Macaulay Library

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.