Bird of the Week – Chestnut-backed Chickadee


This is a colorful cousin to the more common and familiar Black-capped Chickadee.

Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Juneau, Alaska

Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Juneau, Alaska

This is a bird of the far west and southeast and southcentral Alaska. While it is less vocal than its cousins, like Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees, it nests in cavities and readily uses nest boxes. During winter, they forage in mixed-species flocks with other chickadees, primarily Black-capped and Mountain Chickadees, as well as other small birds such as Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Red-breasted Nuthatches.

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