Black-Capped Chickadee

Vickie Emms

Anola, MB., Canada

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SOLD to unknown buyer, November 26, 2010

Featured in FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHERS – November 19, 2010

Top 8 in a Challenge in JUST FUN – May 18, 2010

Featured in Great Plains of North America – May 16, 2010

Featured in Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends – February 15, 2010

Featured in Live and Let Live – February 14, 2010

Featured in anything and everything – February 12, 2010

This bird

  • can remember where it hid food for at least 28 days after putting it in its hiding place
  • drops its body temperature at night by 10 to 12°C below daytime body temperature, to conserve energy
  • depletes much of its energy by feeding nestlings from six to 14 times an hour
  • has a very established hierarchy, or “pecking order”

Measuring only 12 to 15 cm from bill-tip to tail-tip, the Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapilla is greenish-gray above with a white underside shading to light brownish buff along its flanks. Its long, dark-gray tail looks like a handle. A black cap, well drawn over sparkling eyes, covers its head from cone-like bill to nape, or back of the neck. Pure white cheek patches and a triangular black throat patch complete its most conspicuous markings. Because chickadees inhabit such a wide variety of climates and habitats, birds from different populations may vary somewhat in size and plumage.

Photographed in Anola, Manitoba, Canada
Canon EOS Rebel XTi; Sigma 150-500mm lens

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