Maine State Bird

Black capped Chickadee

Maine state bird: Black capped ChickadeePoecile atricapilla

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Maine State Bird Description:

  • Size: 5 to 6 inches (12-15 cm)
  • Wingspan: 6 to 8 inches (16-21 cm)
  • Weight: .32 to .49 ounces (9-14 g)

The Black capped Chickadee is a small, short-billed bird. Ithas a black cap, black bib, white cheeks and a greyish white belly. Its back is pale grey and the tail is rather long with outer feathersbroadly edged in white. The males and the females look the same.


The Black capped Chickadee is common in mixed forests, clearings and urban areas. They are easy to find at forest edges, in old fields, thickets and parks.


Black capped Chickadee
Black capped Chickadee


This cute little bird moves acrobatically through tree branches in search of insects. They will also eat some berries. They are easily attracted to bird feeders. Chickadees favor black oil sunflower seeds, which they will hold in their feet to crack open.


The Black capped Chickadee is a cavity nester. Will use moss and wood chips to construct their nest in a natural cavity or rotten wood. Will nest in birdhouses and nest boxes.

The clutch size is normally 6 to 8 eggs with a 12-dayincubation period.

A Few Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Maine StateBird:

  • Chickadees will hide seeds for laterrecovery. Items are hidden in different locations requiring a birdto remember thousands of hiding places.
  • Males and females form large flocks in thewinter. The flocks disperse into pairs during breeding season.
  • These little balls of energy can be coaxedinto feeding from your hands.

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