Black-Capped Chickadee

This small, curious black and white bird is the most wide-spread of the seven chickadee species found in the United States. Active and vocal, chickadees are often one of the first birds show up to your backyard feeders. Look for their black cap and throat separated by white cheeks. Males and females look almost exactly the same with grayish-black wings and a small, somewhat rounded body. Chickadees nest in cavities or nest boxes, usually 5-20 feet up, and if you are lucky, you may spot 6-8 eggs in a nest or nest box. Their distinctive call of “chick-a’dee-dee” alerts you to their presence as they forage on seeds, insects and suet.

Favorite Foods

Chickadees aren’t too picky, but they do have some favorite seeds upon which to nibble. PatioWise® with Hulled Sunflower and Peanuts, BirdWise® with Black Oil Sunflower and plain shelled peanuts and peanut suet are sure to attract these fiesty birds.

Perfect Feeders

Chickadees will readily frequent and feast from a variety of different feeders. Tube, Hopper, Ledge, Platform and Suet are all agreeable to these no-nonsense birds. Easily able to cling and perch, try a bunch of different feeders to see what they prefer best in YOUR backyard. 


Chickadees will nest in tree cavities or nest boxes, usually 5-20 feet up. Try our Chickadee House with its deep green roof and hinged side for easy clean-out, proper venting and drainage. Watch this entertaining bird all summer long in its comings and goings as it calls this house home!

Did You Know?

These little birds are known as “chickadees” because of their alarm call. This type of name is onomatopoetic -- the word is the sound that it describes.

Most chickadees are non-migratory, so you’ll often see them at your feeder in winter. This is notable because they are said to need up to 10 times more food in the winter than in summer.

The chickadee is the state bird of Maine and Massachusetts, and the provincial bird of New Brunswick in Canada.