Black-capped Chickadee Information
Length: 4.75 - 5.75"
Habitat: Deciduous woods, coniferous woods, or mixed deciduous-coniferous woods (prefers mixed); forest edges; thickets; fields, orchards, parks, gardens, urban areas.
Diet: Insects, caterpillars, spiders; insect and spider eggs; weed seeds such as ragweed and goldenrod; wild fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, and wild cherries; pine, hemlock, and birch seeds.
Song & calls of the Black-capped Chickadee
Preferred Bird Feeder Food
- Black-capped chickadees favor black oil sunflower seeds (whole and shelled) and suet. They are also attracted to whole shelled peanuts, crushed peanuts, peanut butter, and dried fruit.
- These birds use a wide variety of bird feeders, from tube feeders to platform feeders and hoppers. They also enjoy small hanging feeders and window feeders.
Offer suet in suet cages. Peanut butter can be smeared on the bark of a tree, on pine cones hung near the feeder, and on suet logs.
Photo, description, range, diet, life history and conservation.
(From National Wildlife Federation)
By Mdf [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via WC
- Short bill
- Black crown and throat
- White face
- Pale gray upperparts
- White edges to wing coverts
- Grayish-white underparts
- Rusty flanks
- Sexes similar
- Often found in small flocks
have more brown in their plumages than the Black-capped.
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
Breeding Bird Survey Map,
(Image credit: USGS)
Range in New England
The Black-capped Chickadee is a year-round resident of New England.
Range Maps from Cornell
Includes separate map of sightings.
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS