Gray-headed Chickadee

Poecile cinctus




Titmice and Chickadees (Paridae)

Code 4


Code 6



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Egg Color:

White with red brown, olive or gray marks

Number of Eggs:

7 - 9

Incubation Days:

13 - 16

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

1- 15 feet above ground., In old woodpecker holes or natural cavities.

Nest Material:

Decaying wood, grass, moss, animal hair.





Gray-headed Chickadee: Medium-sized chickadee with gray-brown back, gray cap, black bib, white cheeks, and white underparts washed with buff-gray on sides and flanks. Wings and tail are gray with white-edged feathers. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

Gray-headed Chickadee: This species has a very limited North American range, which is restricted to central Alaska, northern Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Within this range, this is a resident species. These birds live primarily among scattered conifers and riparian willow and aspen thickets.

Breeding and Nesting

Gray-headed Chickadee: Seven to nine white eggs marked with red brown, olive or gray, are laid in a nest made of grass, cottonwood down, flowers, fur, and cocoons, lined with grass, other vegetation, and animal fur, and built 4 to 28 feet above the ground in a deciduous tree, snag, or nest box. Incubation ranges from 13 to 16 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Gray-headed Chickadee: Feeds on insects, spiders, food scraps, conifer seeds, and berries; forages in conifers and shrubs, gleaning insects from trunks, branches, and foliage.

Readily Eats

Suet, Sunflower Seed


Gray-headed Chickadee: Call is a series of grating "dee deer" notes.

Similar Species

Gray-headed Chickadee: Boreal Chickadee has brown cap, back, and rump, lacks white edges on wing feathers, and has shorter tail. Black-capped Chickadee has black cap, gray back, and extensive white edges on wing feathers.


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

The area on top of the head of the bird.
Relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater. 
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