Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Poecile rufescens

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Titmice and Chickadees (Paridae)

Code 4

CBCH

Code 6

POERUF

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Chestnut-backed Chickadee is currently rated as Least Concern. This bird typically resides in the Pacific Northwest portion of the United States as well as western regions of Canada. The Chestnut-backed Chickadee will occasionally migrate short distances during the winter. It prefers higher elevations in summer. At the current time there is no concern that the population of the Chestnut-backed Chickadee is in immediate danger of decrease due to its ample population within its range.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Chestnut-backed Chickadee: Small, energetic chickadee with chestnut-brown back, rump and flanks, and white breast and belly. Barlowi subspecies has gray flanks. Cap and throat are black; cheek patch is white. Wings and tail are dark. Legs and feet are gray-black. Song not whistled like other chickadees, more like a sparrow chipping.


Range and Habitat

Chestnut-backed Chickadee: Resident along coastal regions from southern Alaska to central California; also in limited western ranges of the Rocky Mountains in southern British Columbia, southern Alberta, western Montana and Idaho. Preferred habitats are Pacific rain forest and moist areas containing conifers.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"chip-chip-chip-chip", "tseek-a-dee-dee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • In the part of their range where they overlap with the Black-capped Chickadee they will nest and feed in the lower half of trees only in order to minimize competition.
  • The Chestnut-backed Chickadee is a cavity nester and will line their nests with the fur of deer, rabbits and coyotes. They also make a blanket of fur to cover the eggs when they leave the nest.
  • They store food in the fall and consume it in winter.
  • A group of chickadees are collectively known as a "banditry" and a "dissimulation" of chickadees.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Chestnut-backed Chickadee

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
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Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X