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Black-capped Chickadee
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Poecile
Species: P. atricapillus
Binomial name
Poecile atricapillus
(Linnaeus, 1766)

Parus atricapillus

The Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) is a passerine songbird of the family Paridae. It lives in Canada, Alaska and the northern United States. This is a small, common bird which sings a simple song.


The Black-capped Chickadee is about 12–15 cm (5–6 in) long and weighs 9-15 g (0.32-0.49 oz).[1]

The male and female black-capped chickadees look the same.[1] The black-capped chickadee has black and white on its head. The top of the head and throat are black, and the sides are white. It has a short, black beak.

The back of the body of the black-capped chickadee is gray. The front of the body is white and light brown. The bird has short wings and a short tail.


The song of the black-capped chickadee is a clear whistle.


In the summer, Black-capped Chickadees eat many insects. In the winter, they eat seeds and berries. They will hide seeds in different places and return later to eat them.[1] When two chickadees want to build a nest, they will use a hole in a tree.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 All About Birds: Black-capped Chickadee., Cornell Lab of Ornithology.