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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.

At a GlanceHelp

Both Sexes
4.7–5.5 in
12–14 cm
0.2–0.4 oz
7–12 g
Other Names
  • Mésange à tête brune, Mésange du Canada (French)
  • Paro canadiense, Paro boreal (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • Like most chickadees, the Boreal Chickadee hides food regularly. Such storage is probably vital for winter survival in the harsh boreal environment. An analysis of the items a Boreal Chickadee cached found that the only seeds stored were those of spruce trees. Most of the stashed items were insect larvae.
  • The oldest recorded Boreal Chickadee was at least 5 years, 4 months, when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Nova Scotia.






Nest Placement



Foliage Gleaner


status via IUCN

Least Concern

Boreal Chickadee is difficult to monitor, but populations appear stable throughout most of its range, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey.


Range Map Help

Boreal Chickadee Range Map
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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.

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