Name (Latin): Poecile atricapillus
Size: A small bird. Smaller than jays and swallows. One of the smallest birds seen at local feeders.
Description: This tiny bird has a short neck and large head, giving it a distinctive, rather spherical body shape. It also has a long, narrow tail and a short bill. The bird has a black cap on top of his head, and a black chin. Their cheeks are white, and so is their underbelly.
Song/Sounds: Listen here.
Habitat: Forest and woodlands, groves, shade trees, residential areas, parks. Primarily found in deciduous or mixed forest, not pure conifer stands.
Seasons in Keene: Often overwinters. Found year round in this area.
Nest and Eggs:
Similar Species: Mountain Chickadee, Boreal Chickadee
Population Trends: Associates in flocks. Nests all over North America. Population considered stable.
Threats: Predators and habitat loss.
Fun Facts: Rarely eats at the feeder, but takes seed elsewhere to eat. the chickadee can be very acrobatic in its flight, even land upside down on perches.
Video: See here.