A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Types of Chickadees

Black-Capped ​Chickadee​
Black-Capped ​Chickadee​

The black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) is a small, nonmigratory, North American songbird that lives in deciduous and mixed forests. It is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is the state bird of both Maine and Massachusetts in the United States, and the provincial bird of New Brunswick in Canada.

Boreal ​Chickadee​
Boreal ​Chickadee​

Unlike other chickadees, it has a brown crown and a gray nape with a small cheek patch. © Evan Lipton | Macaulay Library New Hampshire, June 04, 2015 Acrobatic forager that stores seeds and insects for the winter months.

image: audubon.org
Carolina ​Chickadee​
Carolina ​Chickadee​

The curious, intelligent Carolina Chickadee looks very much like a Black-capped Chickadee, with a black cap, black bib, gray wings and back, and whitish underside. Carolina and Black-capped chickadees hybridize in the area where their ranges overlap, but the two species probably diverged more than 2.5 million years ago.

Chestnut-​Backed Chickadee​
Chestnut-​Backed Chickadee​

A handsome chickadee that matches the rich brown bark of the coastal trees it lives among, the Chestnut-backed Chickadee is the species to look for up and down the West Coast and in the Pacific Northwest.

Grey-Headed ​Chickadee​
Grey-Headed ​Chickadee​

In Search of the Gray-headed Chickadee, the Most Mysterious Bird in the U.S. Audubon’s chief scientist recounts his trek to the threatened Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the last havens for one of the rarest birds in North America.

source: audubon.org
image: audubon.org
Mexican ​Chickadee​
Mexican ​Chickadee​

The southernmost of the chickadees, this bird is common in mountain forests over much of Mexico. It barely enters our area, crossing the border only to the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona and the Animas Mountains of New Mexico.

source: audubon.org
image: audubon.org
Mountain ​Chickadee​
Mountain ​Chickadee​

The tiny Mountain Chickadee is a busy presence overhead in the dry evergreen forests of the mountainous West. Often the nucleus in mixed flocks of small birds, Mountain Chickadees flit through high branches, hang upside down to pluck insects or seeds from cones, and give their scolding chick-a-dee call seemingly to anyone who will listen.

Related Question Categories