Black-Capped Chickadee

Poecile atricapillus

These birds are nonmigratory. Their expected range stretches over much of North America, from central and southern Alaska, across the southern half of Canada to the Atlantic coast. The southern end of their range is from Oregon, Idaho, northern Utah, Colorado, and across the Great Plains through the Ohio Valley, the Appalachians, and New England. The maps I reviewed showed northern New Mexico as the southern limit of their range, but I met them on several occasions along the Rio Grande near Albuquerque.

Similar to other members of the chickadee clan, the Black-Capped Chickadee’s plaintiff “Hey Sweetie” song is a fond reminder of the woodlands they love. Well known and beloved for their bold nature and curiosity, many people have tempted these cute little bundles of energy to take food from their hands.

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