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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.
Because of their tiny size and high daytime metabolic rate, chickadees don't add large fat reserves in winter like finches.
is a picturebook about discovering the traces of common woodland creatures, including rabbits, chickadees, red foxes, and Canada geese.
Consider, for example, the bag on his kitchen table, which is spilling over with miniature carved chickadees.
Everywhere I've lived, including my current rural Albany County residence, I've trained chickadees and the occasional nuthatch or titmouse to take sunflower seeds from my hand.
The section on birdhouses ranges from hollowed-out gourds for chickadees and swallows to a wren house made of plastic pipe.
Chickadees, tufted titmice, blue jays, cardinals, sparrows, juncos and red-headed woodpeckers all come to feast on the scrumptious mixture of seeds, nuts and cracked corn I put out for them.
There is a good chance it will bring small songbirds such as chickadees, nuthatches and warblers flocking your way.
To that list add the black-capped chickadee, whose large flights out of the North Country are often overlooked because everybody sees chickadees every day.
For hours we had not spoken, and had seen no sign of life except a flock of chickadees and a few juncoes.
The chickadees were soon joined by titmice, several goldfinch, a blue jay or two, and some juncos.
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.