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Chickadee Line-up

What chickadee lives near YOU?
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You'll find the Black-capped Chickadee across the northern US into Canada. The Carolina Chickadee holds sway in the Southeast. Hear the husky voice of a Mountain Chickadee in the Rockies. Travel to Canada for the Boreal Chickadee. The Chestnut-backed Chickadee calls the Pacific Northwest home. The Mexican Chickadee just nudges into SE Arizona. And this Gray-headed Chickadee turns up north of the Arctic Circle.

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Chickadee Line-up - Seven Chickadees

Written by Bob Sundstrom

This is BirdNote. [Black-capped Chickadee “chick-a-dee-dee” calls]

The image of this dapper Black-capped Chickadee frequently adorns Christmas cards and bags of birdseed. But the Black-capped is only one of seven species of chickadees found in North America. [Black-capped Chickadee “chick-a-dee-dee” call]

All are variations on a bold and engaging model, and each calls “chick-a-dee” with its own regional accent. While you’ll find the Black-capped Chickadee across the northern U.S. into Canada, its close cousin, the Carolina Chickadee, [Carolina Chickadee song and call] holds sway in the Southeast. Hike among conifers in the Rockies, and you’ll be greeted by the husky voice of a Mountain Chickadee [Mountain Chickadee call]. Or listen in the dense spruce forests of Canada for the call of the Boreal Chickadee [Boreal Chickadee call].

A chickadee of resplendent brown, the Chestnut-backed Chickadee, calls the Pacific Northwest home [Chestnut-backed Chickadee call]. The Mexican Chickadee just nudges into the mountains of southeast Arizona [Mexican Chickadee call] and the Gray-headed Chickadee [Gray-headed Chickadee call] turns up in the extreme northwest corner of the continent, north of the Arctic Circle.

No matter which chickadee you find, take a moment to enjoy one of nature’s most delightful creatures. [Black-capped Chickadee “chick-a-dee-dee” call]

Hear the calls of all seven again, on our website,


Bird calls provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Black-capped Chickadee recorded by G.A. Keller; Carolina Chickadee (song and call) by W.L. Hershberger 84819; Mountain Chickadee by R.S. Little; Boreal Chickadee by G.Vyn; Chestnut-backed Chickadee by G.A. Keller; Mexican Chickadee 40593 by G.A. Keller; and Gray-headed Chickadee  by G. Vyn.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2015 Tune In to       February 2017   Narrator: Mary McCann

ID# chickadee-01-2011-02-23 

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