Five inches long. Top and back of head and throat black. Sides of head and neck white. Breast and underside white to buff. Gray back. Wing feathers and tail a darker gray, lined with white.
Inhabits forests, deserts, groves, and other wooded areas including farms, towns and cities throughout most of Canada and southern Alaska, the northern two thirds of the U.S., in the Alleghanies as far as South Carolina and in the West as far south as northern Arizona and New Mexico.
Builds nests of fine grass, feathers and hair usually in abandoned or natural cavities or excavates its own in older trees from very low up to 15 feet.
Lays six to eight white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest after about another two or three weeks.
Hopping about trees and underbrush, they forage in scattered, chattering flocks with nuthatches and titmice for insects and their eggs and larvae under leaves or in the crevices of bark; and small seeds and berries, and suet at feeders. Often seen hanging upside down from twigs or feeders. Sings high pitched simple melodies.
Feed Chickadees sunflower seeds, nyjer (thistle seeds) and suet.
Whistle to the inquisitive chickadee and it likely will sing back. With a little patience, you might even entice one to take a seed or a raisin from your hand.
Because Chickadees commonly nest in natural or abandon cavities, or excavate their own cavities, a few chips on the nest box floor are suitable. Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are over. Black-capped Chickadees are year around residents and might take advantage of northern winter warming roosts.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi; Sigma 150-500mm lens@500mm
Ste. Rita, Manitoba, Canada