Facts about Black-capped chickadee birds. "Scientific name for Black-capped chickadee bird is Poecile atricapillus". There are seven species of chickadees in North America: the Black-capped Chickadee, Boreal Chickadee, Carolina Chickadee, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Mexican Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, and the Siberian Tit.
Sexes look alike except males may be a bit longer, both have a solid black cap and bib, white cheeks, greenish-gray back, white-buffy stomach, dark gray wings and long tail.
Black-capped chickadee birds eat about 70% insects like larva, caterpillars, spiders, snails, and 30% seeds and berries like sunflower, conifer, milkweed, goldenrod, ragweed any bayberry and poison ivy berries.
The Black-capped chickadee bird is very similar to the Carolina Chickadee and where their ranges overlap they can be difficult to separate.
The Black-capped chickadee bird is a permanent resident and do not migrate.
The reproduction of the Black-capped chickadee bird. Chickadees nest in cavities found or excavated in both living and downed wood. Nests are typically found four to eight feet (1.21 to 2.43 meters) above the ground but may be located as high as forty feet (12.19 meters) above the forest floor.
The feather lined nest will contain six to eight white eggs, speckled with brown. The female Black-capped chickadee bird builds and incubates the nest while the male brings food to her.
Clutch Size: 5-10 - Length of Incubation: 11-13 days - Days to Fledge: 14-18
After hatching, first the male and then both the male and the female Black-capped chickadee bird feed the rapidly growing nestlings.
Black-capped chickadee birds are preyed upon by small hawks, owls (especially eastern screech owls), and shrikes. They also have a high human-induced mortality due to automobiles, window strikes, and domesticated cats.