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chickadee

(chĭk`ədē'), small North American bird of the titmousetitmouse,
common name for members of the Paridae, a family of passerine birds, which includes the tits, titmice, and chickadees. They are small, active birds with short, pointed bills and strong legs.
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 family. The black-capped chickadee (Parus atricapillus), lively and gregarious, is a permanent resident over most of its range in the East. Both sexes have black caps, gray backs and wings, and fluffy white to buff underparts. They often swing upside down from branch tips, searching for the insects that form more than half their diet. Their call note gives the bird its name. Other species are the Carolina, the boreal, or brown-capped (of the Northeast), and the western chestnut-backed chickadees. Chickadees are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Paridae.
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Both Tufted Titmice and Carolina Chickadees utter 'chick-a-dee' alarm calls when mobbing perched aerial predators.
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1967) watched five Carolina Chickadees (Poecile carolinensis), five Tufted Titmice (Baeolophus bicolor), two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (Polioptila caerulea), and 10 warblers of four species mobbing a Chuck-will's-widow (Caprimulgus carolinensis) that was perched in a tree.
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The count also includes many other species, including wild turkeys and birds of prey that are seen in backyards during the weekend, but the focus is mainly on common wintering birds such as chickadees, titmice, juncos, finches and cardinals.
The first is a chapter on the "gargle" call of Black-capped Chickadees which details the acoustic structure, development, function, and variation across populations in this complex call.
He and Clayton found some supporting evidence of this notion in their study of chickadees published in 2002.
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carolinensis) chickadees are closely related species which are extremely similar in morphology, behavior, and ecology (Brewer 1963, Rising 1968, Merritt 1978).
Great tits, relatives of North America's chickadees, sing several songs, including one that Dutch bird-watchers compare to the "tee-tah, tee-tah" of a bicycle pump.