Gray-headed Chickadee

Poecile cinctus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Titmice and Chickadees (Paridae)

Code 4

GHCH

Code 6

POECIN

ITIS

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Breeding Location:

Forests



Breeding Type:

Monogamous, Solitary nester



Breeding Population:

Rare



Egg Color:

White with red brown, olive or gray marks



Number of Eggs:

7 - 9



Incubation Days:

13 - 16



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Material:

Decaying wood, grass, moss, animal hair.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

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

Vocalization

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.

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
RiparianX
Relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater. 
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X