Carolina Chickadee

Poecile carolinensis

Carolina Chickadees range includes the southeast third of the lower 48 states in the USA. These birds closely resemble Black-Capped Chickadees. Subtle differences in their vocalizations are often the best way to diagnose the two species. Where their ranges overlap, they sometimes interbreed. The hybrid offspring might vocalize as either species, or in an intermediate language of their own.

I’ve only had one meeting with these birds. It was at the San Bernard NWR in Texas, and I wasn’t sure of the species at the time. I’m looking forward to more meetings in the future.

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