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Any of several small plump North American birds of the genus Poecile, having predominantly gray plumage and a dark crown.

[Imitative of its call.]


(Animals) any of various small North American songbirds of the genus Parus, such as P. atricapillus (black-capped chickadee), typically having grey-and-black plumage: family Paridae (titmice)
[C19: imitative of its note]


(ˈtʃɪk əˌdi)

any of various North American birds of the genus Parus, of the titmouse family, with white cheeks and a dark-colored throat and cap.
[1820–30; imitative]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chickadee - any of various small grey-and-black songbirds of North Americachickadee - any of various small grey-and-black songbirds of North America
titmouse, tit - small insectivorous birds
genus Parus, Parus - type genus of the family Paridae
black-capped chickadee, Parus atricapillus, blackcap - chickadee having a dark crown
Carolina chickadee, Parus carolinensis - southern United States chickadee similar to the blackcap but smaller


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All day the sun has shone on the surface of some savage swamp, where the single spruce stands hung with usnea lichens, and small hawks circulate above, and the chickadee lisps amid the evergreens, and the partridge and rabbit skulk beneath; but now a more dismal and fitting day dawns, and a different race of creatures awakes to express the meaning of Nature there.
The pre-presentation period was intended to acclimate birds to the observer's presence and ensure chickadees and titmice would remain near a feeding station sufficiently long for an experiment to be completed.
You might see chickadees, blue jays and wrens but they are not the same ones you see in summer.
From a tree of chickadees to the caw of the crow, kids are invited to learn the sounds of nature, and to understand bird habits.
Black-capped chickadees vigorously overlap their one-song repertoire of "fee-bee" To find out whether males eavesdrop on other males' contests, Mennill and Laurene Rateliffe of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, mimicked both sides of a song duel by setting up pairs of loudspeakers outdoors that fee-beed furiously at each other.
During cold spells, chickadees nest together at night to keep warm.
The EcoTough Upside-Down Suet Feeder is designed to allow birds to feed from below, a comfortable practice for woodpeckers, chickadees and other clinging birds but difficult for disruptive birds such as starlings.
However, Black-capped Chickadees recorded in the same manner as European parids also failed to show winter fattening (Graedel and Loveland 1995).
This winter has been mild, but there were also periods when snow cover or freezing temperatures made it hard for chickadees, cardinals, juncos, tufted titmice and other winter backyard visitors to get a healthy meal without help.
For hours we had not spoken, and had seen no sign of life except a flock of chickadees and a few juncoes.
They were as much a part of the forest as the chickadees and whitetail deer, and although I had loved the mountains since childhood, I felt that these mountaineers were privy to a magical side of nature of which I had only dreamed.
With its three settings, the feeder keeps squirrels out, and it also can be adjusted to accommodate a wide variety of birds or only smaller birds, such as chickadees and gold finches.