Blacked-capped Chickadee

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Common Name: Black-capped Chickadee

Scientific Name: Poecile atricapilla

Size: 5-6 inches (12-15cm)

Habitat: North America; throughout northern North America. Preferred habitat is in conifer forests.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 34,000,000 mature adults. Stable, common within it’s area. Protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty of 1918 in the United States.

Diet: Seed and insects.

Breeding: Male and female look alike. They built nest of coarse materials lined with soft materials and lay 6 to 8 reddish finely speckled white eggs.

Cool Facts: The beloved Black-Capped Chickadee is probably the most reproduced artistically songbird in the world.

It hides seeds and other food items for later recovery. Each item is placed in a different spot and it can remember thousands of hiding places.

While the chickadee's calls may sound simple, they are really very complex and language-like. Their calls provide information on identity and recognition of other flocks as well as predator alarms and contact calls.

Breeding pairs and nonbreeders join up into flocks outside of the breeding season. Nonbreeders may be members of several flocks, with a different position in the dominance hierarchy of each flock.

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