Mountain Chickadee

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Common Name: Mountain Chickadee

Scientific Name: Poecile gambeli

Size: 5-6 inches (12-14cm)

Habitat: North America; throughout the Western United States and Canada. Preferred habitat is in conifer forests.

Status: : Least Concern. Global Population: 12,000,000 mature adults. 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 such as fur. They lay 7 eggs.

Cool Facts: Mountain Chickadee warm and hide their eggs when the female is not in the nest by covering the unincubated eggs with fur. Young Mountain Chickadees leave their home territories about three weeks. They settle in new territories by late summer and remain in that spot all their lives.

Mountain Chickadees hide their food, as do other chickadees. It often hides seeds and caught insects under bark, in pine needle clusters, and in the ground.

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