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The Black-capped Chickadee A few ways you can identify a Chickadee Length 45 inches Short bill Black crown and throat White face Pale gray upper parts White edges to wing coverts Grayish-white underparts Rusty flanks Sexes similar Often found in small flocks The Chickadee has a permanent resident which would mean it stays in the same area all year long and does not migrate When the Chickadee wants to breed it breeds in the Woodland areas It nests in a mid-story canopy area The length of its incubation is 11 to 14 days It eats mainly and lots of insects and some types of seeds and fruits The fruits they eat are berries There are almost none of these birds in the Southern area of the United States They are all over the Northern areas and in parts of Canada This small bird can be identified by its black cap and bib and white cheeks The back is grey with white underparts the wings are edged with white Their characteristic call is a buzzy chick-a-dee-dee-dee They prepare their nest with grass fur plant down feathers and moss in a hole in a rotten tree stump a natural cavity or a bird box These nest are called cavity nests This bird is constantly active either hopping clinging or hanging from tree branches This brave little bird can be persuaded to take food from a persons hand Flocks of these small birds are frequent visitors to winter feeders The population in 1979-1980 was estimated at 3120 nesting pairs Their flight is ungulate with rapid wing beats Flights last less than 15 meters Flight speed about 20 kmh They hop along trees while searching for food Chickadees have been known to hang upside-down while feeding They can walk or creep up a tree that is nearly vertical These behaviors
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