Carolina Chickadee Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    This tiny, approachable bird has a short neck and large head, giving it a distinctive spherical body shape. Its tail is fairly long and narrow. Its bill is a bit thicker than a warbler’s but thinner than a finch’s.

    Relative Size

    Smaller than a White-breasted Nuthatch

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 3.9-4.7 in (10-12 cm)
      • Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz (8-12 g)
      • Wingspan: 5.9-7.9 in (15-20 cm)