Boreal Chickadee

Poecile hudsonicus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Titmice and Chickadees (Paridae)

Code 4

BOCH

Code 6

POEHUD

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Boreal Chickadee has a large range, estimated globally at 7,100,000 square kilometers. It occurs in boreal forests in Alaska, Canada, and some parts of the northern United States. This bird species has an estimated global population of 7,800,000 individuals, and is not believed to be declining at a rate that would meet the threshold criteria for inclusion on the IUCN Red List. Because of its population status, the conservation rating of the Boreal Chickadee is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Boreal Chickadee: Large chickadee, brown upperparts, dark brown cap, small black bib, gray face and neck, white cheek, rufous sides, white underparts. Gray wings, tail. Short, weak flights on rapidly beating wings. Alternates several quick, shallow strokes with wings pulled to sides.

 

Range and Habitat

Boreal Chickadee: Resident species from northern Alaska east to Labrador and Newfoundland, and south to the northern edge of the U.S. from Washington to Maine. Occasionally wanders farther southward during winter, and had been recorded as far south as Pennsylvania. Usually found in coniferous forests.

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Boreal Chickadee SONGS AND CALLS

Boreal Chickadee A1

Song, also known as the gargle call.

Boreal Chickadee PP1

"Tsi-ti-jaaay" calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"chick-a-dee-dee-dee", "chick-chee-day-day"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Boreal Chickadee is one of the few birds living completely within the northern boreal forests of Canada and the United States. It prefers dense conifer stands, particularly black spruce and balsam fir.
  • An analysis of their cached items found that the only seeds stored were those of spruce trees. Most of the stashed items were insect larvae.
  • During late summer and early fall, when there is an abundance of caterpillars and seeds, they store food for winter among needles or under the bark of branches at a height that will be above the winter snow cover.
  • A group of chickadees are collectively known as a "banditry" and a "dissimulation" of chickadees.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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The area on top of the head of the bird.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
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