Black Capped Chickadee


Lyman, United States

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He is sitting on a twig waiting for his turn at the feeder.

Black capped Chickadee
taken in my yard – Lyman, Maine – USA

The Black-capped Chickadee has a black cap and bib with white sides to the face. Its underparts are white with rusty brown on the flanks. Its back is gray and the tail is normally slate-gray. This bird has a short dark bill (8.0-9.5 mm), short rounded wings (63.5-67.5 mm) and a long tail (58–63 mm). Total body length is 12.3-14.6 cm; mass is 10-14 g. Sexes look alike, but males are slightly larger and longer than females.
These birds are permanent residents, but sometimes they move south within their range, and even outside of it, in the fall or winter.

During the fall migration and in winter, chickadees often flock together. Many other species of birds – including titmice, nuthatches, and warblers – can often be found foraging in these flocks. Mixed flocks stay together because the chickadees call out whenever they find a good source of food. This calling-out forms cohesion for the group, allowing the other birds to find food more efficiently. When flocking, Black-capped Chickadees soon establish a rigid social hierarchy. In such hierarchies, males usually rank over females, and old birds over juveniles.

Black-capped Chickadee sleep in thick vegetation or in cavities, usually singly, though there have been suggestions that they may occasionally roost clumped together.8 The sleeping posture is with the bill tucked under the scapular (shoulder) feathers.

This bird scratches its head with its foot over the wing. It can bathe in water, dew, or snow; dust-bathing has not been observed.

Flight is slightly undulating with rapid wing beats. Flight speed is about 20 km/h (12.5 mph). (Wikipedia)

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