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Boreal Chickadee

ID Info
  • Boreal Chickadee
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Boreal ChickadeePoecile hudsonicus
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Paridae

Basic Description

A chickadee with a brown instead of a black cap, the Boreal Chickadee lives in coniferous forests of the far north year-round. Its boreal habits and sedentary lifestyle mean it’s a hard species for most bird watchers to see without taking a trip to Canada or Alaska. When it’s not nesting season, these little birds travel and forage in small groups, sometimes with other songbirds such as kinglets. In summer and fall, they cache seeds and insects to help them get through the long, brutal winter.

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Find This Bird

Finding Boreal Chickadees can take time and patience: they are not as numerous or conspicuous as many chickadee species and they lack a sweet, whistled song. Instead, listen for a harsh tschick-a-dee-dee call and look for them foraging quietly near the trunks of spruce or balsam fir.

Other Names

  • Carbonero Boreal (Spanish)
  • Mésange à tête brune (French)

Backyard Tips

Within its range, this species often comes to bird feeders. Find out more about what this bird likes to eat and what feeder is best by using the Project FeederWatch Common Feeder Birds bird list.

Consider putting up a nest box to attract a breeding pair. Make sure you put it up well before breeding season. Attach a guard to keep predators from raiding eggs and young. Find out more about nest boxes on our Attract Birds pages. You'll find plans for building a nest box of the appropriate size on our All About Birdhouses site.

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