Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54029

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Paridae
Genus:Parus
Genus species:Parus atricapillus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:12-15 cm
Identification:As its name entails, the black-capped chickadee has a black cap and throat. It has white cheeks, a gray back, and dull white underparts.
Habitat:Mixed and deciduous forests
Diet:Omnivore: insects, seeds, berries
Reproduction:Breeding pairs form in the fall and remain together in winter flocks. Nests are built in tree holes. The female is responsible for incubating her 6-8 eggs for 12-13 days. During this time, the male may feed her. Chicks leave the nest when they are 16 days old.
The peak period for pair formation of black-capped chickadees is fall and is associated with winter flock formation. Winter flocks consist mostly of mated pairs.
Behavior:Black-capped chickadees are primarily sedentary, rarely migrating.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The distinguishing vocalization 'chick-a-dee-dee' of the black-capped chickadee is one of the most complex vocalizations in the animal kingdom.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern North America
Central North America
Date:1980-04 Subjects:perching birds
Black-capped chickadee
Chickadees
Parus
Paridae
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/54029