BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE


Poecile atricapilla


Description:

Black-capped Chickadees are constantly on the move, often hopping around and hanging upside-down from twigs or branches while searching for insect eggs and larvae. Chickadees often associate in small flocks. The chickadees distinct "chick-a-dee-dee" call is one of the most complex vocalizations in the animal kingdom. Slight variations in the phrases can convey separate, unique messages, such as acting as a contact call or as an alarm call. Chickadees also use their call to relay information about an individual's identity or to indicate that they recognize a particular flock.


Appearance:

Pale gray upperparts. Whitish underparts. Black crown and throat. White face. Short, black bill. Rusty flanks. White edges on wing coverts. Sexes similar. 4.75 to 5.75 inches in length.


Habitat:

Deciduous, mixed forests, and open woodlands. Suburban areas in winter.


Nesting:

6-8 white eggs with brown speckles. The eggs have a 11-13 day incubation period. Fledging occurs in 14-18 days. The nest is an open cup of grass, fur, plant down, feathers, and moss built in a hole, excavated by the birds, in a decaying tree stump, a natural cavity, or bird box.


Observed Locations:

  • Rio Grande Nature Center, Albuquerque, NM





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