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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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When pion cones open in September, mountain chickadees in the southern Rockies gather the seeds from dawn to dusk for weeks on end, storing as many as two or three sweet pine nuts a minute by wedging them in needle clusters or punching them into the ground.
As a mixed flock of wintering birds flitted through the woods, one of the chickadees saw through my hunting garb and recognized me as "That-big-guy-who-feeds-us-at-the-sage-colored-house.
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Slowly the numbers began to grow and they added sightings of chickadees, titmice, woodpeckers and other typical feeder birds.
Chickadees can also add that macho edge to their fee-bees by transposing the song to the same musical frequency as a rival's.
Suspended tube feeders, so named for their long, cylindrical shape, are favored by small birds like finches, nuthatches and chickadees.
I've had my best looks at boreal chickadees in the other major habitat that features black spruce--the high mountain tops.
This bird is small but distinctly larger than its relative, the chickadee.
He and Clayton found some supporting evidence of this notion in their study of chickadees published in 2002.
While I appreciate the variety of my guests, no bird is more lovable and vivacious than the chickadee.
Partly opened serotinous cones of Table Mountain pine also provide food for nuthatches, chickadees, and woodpeckers, which extract seeds from gaps between the cone scales.
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.