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Black-capped Chickadee, Parus atricapillus



The Black-Capped Chickadee is a common bird in the ARCC Nature Area. I saw several in the oak woodlands. This bird has very distinctive markings that include a black cap and chin and white cheeks. It has gray wings and tail feathers.


This bird is normally found in deciduous and mixed forests, and open woodlands and wooded suburbs.


Some distictive behaviors for this bird are: quick movements and clinging to branches upside down. I observed both of these behaviors from the chickadees in the nature area.


The geographic range for this species includes parts of Canada and all areas in the northern half of the United States. They are also found in Alaska. The chickadee lives year-round in Minnesota.


The song for this bird is "Chick-a-dee-dee-dee".


The diet includes insects, seeds, and fruit.


2002. Laurie Hanson.





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