Chickadees & Allies

Boreal Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee, photo by David Mitchell via Wiki Commons.

Look For The boreal chickadee is a small bird but could be considered large compared to other chickadees. It has a round, stout body and a small, black bill. Its upperparts are primarily brown with a dark brown cap and reddish-brown flanks. It has a gray face, nape, wings and tail and a black bib… Read more

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse (Photo: Creative Commons)

Look for The tufted titmouse is 61/2 inches long and dressed primly across its upperparts in gray, with a creamy breast and rusty flanks. A black-button eye stands out against its white cheek, and a crest adorns its head. Its small, sharp bill is black, as are its legs and feet. Listen for Titmice are… Read more

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee (Photo: Bill Thompson, III)

Look for Only about 4 ½ inches in length, the Carolina chickadee has a black cap and bib with a white cheek patch; gray back, wings, and tail; and pale underparts with buff-colored flanks. The bill is tiny and dark, the legs and feet black. Males and females are alike, and there are no seasonal… Read more

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee (Photo: Alan D. Wilson / Wikimedia)

Look For All of our common chickadees have black caps, but only this one is called black-capped. Black-cappeds tend to look bigger headed and chunkier than Carolinas. 5 ¼ inches is the normal length of a black-capped chickadee. The white edges of the secondary wing feathers form a hockey stick of white when the wings… Read more

Subscribe & Save!

ONE YEAR (6 ISSUES) of Bird Watcher's Digest magazine
GET FREE AND INSTANT ACCESS to our digital edition
SAVE 33% off newsstand prices
PAY ONE LOW PRICE of $19.99!