Mexican Chickadee

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Common Name: Mexican Chickadee
Scientific Name: Poecile sclateri

Size: 4.9-5.3 inches (12.5-13.5 cm)

Habitat: North America; a permanent resident of wooded highlands in western, central and northeastern Mexico, the range extends north into extreme southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Although primarily non-migratory, Mexican Chickadees sometimes fly to lower elevations during the cold of winter.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 2,000,000 mature adults. The population is estimated to be in decline following recorded decreases owing to logging and livestock grazing. Protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty of 1918 in the United States.

Diet: Seed and insects.

Breeding: Male and female look alike. The nest is constructed by the female in a snag or tree cavity up to 18 m above the ground, and consists of grasses, moss, strips of bark, and is lined with animal fur. She lays between five and eight ovate white eggs, marked with fine reddish brown spots. Their breeding biology is not well known, but it is estimated that eggs are incubated for 11–14 days by the female, and the young fledge in 18–21 days.

Cool Facts: The Mexican Chickadee's song is distinct from other chickadees; it is a complex burry trilled whistle of chischu-wur and a rich cheelee. They travel in pairs or small groups, and may join multi-species feeding flocks.

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