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Boreal Chickadee


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A brown-capped chickadee of the northern boreal forest, the Boreal Chickadee is one of the few birds living completely within that biome in Canada and bits of the United States.

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small, short-billed bird.
  • Brownish cap.
  • Black bib.
  • White cheeks.
  • Rufous flanks.
  • Brown back.

Immature Description

Immature like adult.

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Backyard Tips

This species often comes to bird feeders. Find out more about what this bird likes to eat and what feeder is best by using the Project FeederWatch Common Feeder Birds bird list.

Consider putting up a nest box to attract a breeding pair. Make sure you put it up well before breeding season. Attach a guard to keep predators from raiding eggs and young. Find out more about nest boxes on our Attract Birds pages. You'll find plans for building a nest box of the appropriate size on our All About Birdhouses site.