Black capped chickadee

Learn about the fascinating black capped chickadee, its unique characteristics, and how you can attract these delightful birds to your backyard with bird feeders and nesting boxes.
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A black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) is a very tiny bird. Close views like the one above give the avian a somewhat larger feel. The close crop is due to the extreme nearness of the bird. Also, to the right of the bird's rump is a strongly out-of-focus chestnut-backed chickadee.

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Marie Taunton
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This tiny, plump-bodied, big-headed bird is a familiar woodland resident and backyard visitor in the northern U.S. and Canada. Gray overall with light buffy flanks and a contrasting head pattern: black cap, white cheek, and black throat. Short, stubby bill is used for hammering open seeds. Often the core of mixed flocks of songbirds. Visits feeders. Nearly identical to Carolina Chickadee, but range barely overlaps. Especially note voice, brighter white on wings, and buffier flanks on…

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Karen Gille
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A bird almost universally considered “cute” thanks to its oversized round head, tiny body, and curiosity about everything, including humans. The chickadee’s black cap and bib; white cheeks; gray back, wings, and tail; and whitish underside with buffy sides are distinctive. Its habit of investigating people and everything else in its home territory, and quickness to discover bird feeders, make it one of the first birds most people learn.

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Cecilia Bramhall