Mexican Chickadee

Poecile sclateri

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Titmice and Chickadees (Paridae)

Code 4

MECH

Code 6

POESCL

ITIS

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Mexican Chickadee has a large range, estimated globally at 200,000 square kilometers. Native to the United States and Mexico, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical forest and shrubland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 500,000 to 5,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Mexican Chickadee is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Mexican Chickadee: Small chickadee with gray upperparts, sides, and undertail coverts, black cap and bib, white cheeks, and white lower breast and belly. Wings and tail are gray. Legs and feet are gray-black. The only chickadee found in Mexico, and is vulnerable to diminishing habitat.


Range and Habitat

Mexican Chickadee: This species is a resident from extreme southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico south along the mountains of western Mexico, and also occurs locally in central Mexico. Some individuals migrate to lower elevations within their range in winter. Their preferred habitats include coniferous or pine-oak forests at high altitudes.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"chischu-wur", "cheelee", "chick-a-dee-dee-dee", "chi-pi-tit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Although primarily nonmigratory, Mexican Chickadees sometimes fly to lower elevations during the cold of winter.
  • Unlike other chickadees, it does not store food.
  • When leaving the nest, females may cover the chicks with nesting material. Upon returning, the female often applies crushed beetles to the outside of the nest cavity; the chemicals may repel predators.
  • A group of chickadees are collectively known as a "banditry" and a "dissimulation" of chickadees.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Mexican Chickadee

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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.
UnderpartsX

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

FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X