Black Capped Chickadee

Black capped Chickadee Poecile atricapilla


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

This is a small, short-billed bird. It has a black cap, black bib and white cheeks.


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

Sex Differences:

Males and females look alike.


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-day incubation period.



A Few Things You Probably Didn't Know

  • Chickadees will hide seeds for later recovery. Items are hidden in different locations requiring a bird to remember thousands of hiding places.
  • Males and females form large flocks in the winter. The flocks disperse into pairs during breeding season.
  • These little balls of energy can be coaxed into feeding from your hands.

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The Chickadee is the Maine State Bird.

The Chickadee is the Massachusetts State Bird.

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East Hampton N.Y. 
We use a squirrel proof feeder that is a metal tube with 4 perches. It hangs from a tree limb at about 5 feet. It is spring loaded so that a squirrel will …

Chickadees in Omaha, Nebraska 
We have a couple of different feeders in the yard, a sock for the finches and woodpeckers, a tube for the cardinals and others, and a sunflower feeders …

Virginia Beach Not rated yet
I have dwarfed crab apple tree in my back yard that birds love to visit. This year I hung a dish type of bird feeder from he tree and filled it with wild …

snow white Not rated yet
We have a log home in Northern Maine and we get a lot of birds to our 1 feeder. Mostly Black capped Chickadees , but a lot of other birds also including …

Black Capped Chickadee in Mississauga Ontario Canada Not rated yet
July 15th 2009 forward Black Capped Chickadee seems to vist the Finch Feeder (Tubular about 13" long and 4" in diameter with 4 port holes made of …

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