70birds

Birdhouse Plans Index

70birds

Birdhouse Plans Index

70birds

Birdhouse Plans Index

Black-capped Chickadee

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Poecile
Species: atricapillus

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
La. parum too little
La. parus titmouse, tomtit
Gr. poecile painted
La. idae appearance, resemblance
iLa. ater black
La. capillus hair

Black-capped Chickadee perched on a tree twig in a snowy winter background.

Black-capped chickadees are about five inches long. Top and back of head and throat black. Sides of head and neck white. Breast and underside white to buff. Gray back. Wing feathers and tail a darker gray, lined with white.

Musical score of the black-capped chickadee song.

They sing high pitched simple melodies. Whistle to the inquisitive chickadee and it likely will sing back. With a little patience, you might even entice one to take a seed or a raisin from your hand.

Map depicts black-capped chickadees range coast to coast in northern US and southern Canada

Black-capped chickadees range throughout most of Canada and southern Alaska, the northern two thirds of the U.S., in the Alleghenies as far as South Carolina and in the West as far south as northern Arizona and New Mexico.

They are year around residents in forests, deserts, groves, and other wooded areas including farms, towns and cities.

Hopping about trees and underbrush, they forage in scattered, chattering flocks with nuthatches and titmice for insects, their eggs and larvae under leaves or in the crevices of bark and for a variety of wild fruit and seeds.

Plant sumac and bayberry to attract chickadees. At feeders they like thistle and other small seeds, unsalted nuts and sunflower seeds, berries and suet. They like to hang upside down from twigs and feeders.

Black-capped chickadees build nests of fine grass, feathers and hair usually in abandoned or natural cavities or excavates its own in older trees from very low up to 15 feet.

A black-capped chickadee perched on a pine cone in a tree against a foggy wintery background

Females lay six to eight white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest after about another two or three weeks.

Black-capped chickadees are one of the more easily attracted birds to the right birdhouse attached to a tree trunk or hanging from a limb.

If you mount a Winter Warmer and occasionally lift the lid, you may see several cuddling chickadees and possibly sharing the spaces with nuthatches and titmice.

The black-capped chickadee birdhouse (same as for Carolina, mountain and Boreal chickadees, nuthatches and titmice), can be constructed with most any softwood that is rough cut on both sides.

It has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 9″ inside ceiling, 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor, ventilation openings, and a hinged roof secured with shutter hooks. Although most any method of attaching and securing a roof will do as long as it can be removed for monitoring and cleaning.

Assemble with screws fit to pre-drilled pilot holes.

Mount birdhouses for black-capped chickadees on a tree trunk or hang from a limb from chest level to just out of reach, higher if it attracts attention.

Birdhouse made with rough cut cedar, corrosion resistant screws and brass hinges and shutter hooks.

Chickadee Nuthatch Downy Birdhouse

View and print birdhouse plans for chickadees, nuthatches, titmice and downy woodpeckers.

Chickadee Nuthatch Titmouse Downy Plans

Out of reach is best to deter the curious, unless the box is well concealed. Remove the nest from the box well after the brood rearing season is past.

Black-capped Chickadee

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Black-capped Chickadee perched on a tree twig in a snowy winter background.

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Poecile
Species: atricapillus

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
La. parum too little
La. parus titmouse, tomtit

Gr. poecile painted
La. idae appearance, resemblance
La. ater black
La. capillus hair

Black-capped chickadees are about five inches long. Top and back of head and throat black. Sides of head and neck white. Breast and underside white to buff. Gray back. Wing feathers and tail a darker gray, lined with white.

Musical score of the black-capped chickadee song.

They sing high pitched simple melodies. Whistle to the inquisitive chickadee and it likely will sing back. With a little patience, you might even entice one to take a seed or a raisin from your hand.

Map depicts black-capped chickadees range from coast to coast in northern US and southern Canada

Black-capped chickadees range throughout most of Canada and southern Alaska, the northern two thirds of the U.S., in the Alleghenies as far as South Carolina and in the West as far south as northern Arizona and New Mexico.

A black-capped chickadee perched on a pine cone in a tree against a foggy wintery background

They are year around residents in forests, deserts, groves, and other wooded areas including farms, towns and cities.

Hopping about trees and underbrush, they forage in scattered, chattering flocks with nuthatches and titmice for insects, their eggs and larvae under leaves or in the crevices of bark and for a variety of wild fruit and seeds.

Plant sumac and bayberry to attract chickadees.

At feeders they like thistle and other small seeds, unsalted nuts and sunflower seeds, berries and suet. They like to hang upside down from twigs and feeders.

Black-capped chickadees build nests of fine grass, feathers and hair usually in abandoned or natural cavities or excavates its own in older trees from very low up to 15 feet.

Females lay six to eight white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest after about another two or three weeks.

Black-capped chickadees are one of the more easily attracted birds to the right birdhouse attached to a tree trunk or hanging from a limb.

If you mount a Winter Warmer and occasionally lift the lid, you may see several cuddling chickadees and possibly sharing the spaces with nuthatches and titmice.

Birdhouse made with rough cut cedar, corrosion resistant screws and brass hinges and shutter hooks.

Chickadee Nuthatch Downy Birdhouse

The black-capped chickadee birdhouse (same as for Carolina, mountain and Boreal chickadees, nuthatches and titmice), can be constructed with most any softwood that is rough cut on both sides.

It has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 9″ inside ceiling, 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor, ventilation openings, and a hinged roof secured with shutter hooks.

View and print birdhouse plans for chickadees, nuthatches, titmice and downy woodpeckers.

Chickadee Nuthatch Titmouse Downy Plans

Although most any method of attaching and securing a roof will do as long as it can be removed for monitoring and cleaning.

Assemble with screws fit to pre-drilled pilot holes.

Mount birdhouses for black-capped chickadees on a tree trunk or hang from a limb from chest level to just out of reach, higher if it attracts attention.

Put a few chips, not sawdust, on the nest box floor. Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are over.

Birds    |    Birdhouses    |    Plans

Black-capped Chickadee

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Poecile
Species: atricapillus

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
La. parum too little
La. parus titmouse, tomtit
Gr. poecile painted
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
La. ater black
La. capillus hair

Black-capped Chickadee perched on a tree twig in a snowy winter background.

Black-capped chickadees are about five inches long. Top and back of head and throat black. Sides of head and neck white. Breast and underside white to buff. Gray back. Wing feathers and tail a darker gray, lined with white.

Black-capped chickadee song written to sheet music.

They sing high pitched simple melodies. Whistle to the inquisitive chickadee and it likely will sing back. With a little patience, you might even entice one to take a seed or a raisin from your hand.

Map shows black-capped chickadees range coast to coast in northern US and southern Canada

Black-capped chickadees range throughout most of Canada and southern Alaska, the northern two thirds of the US, in the Alleghenies as far as South Carolina and in the West as far south as northern Arizona and New Mexico.

They are year around residents in forests, deserts, groves, and other wooded areas including farms, towns and cities.

Hopping about trees and underbrush, they forage in scattered, chattering flocks with nuthatches and titmice for insects, their eggs and larvae under leaves or in the crevices of bark and for a variety of wild fruit and seeds.

Plant sumac and bayberry to attract chickadees.

At feeders they like thistle and other small seeds, unsalted nuts and sunflower seeds, berries and suet. They like to hang upside down from twigs and feeders.

Black-capped chickadees build nests of fine grass, feathers and hair usually in abandoned or natural cavities or excavates its own in older trees from very low up to 15 feet.

A black-capped chickadee perched on a pine cone in a tree against a foggy wintery background

Females lay six to eight white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest after about another two or three weeks.

Black-capped chickadees are one of the more easily attracted birds to the right birdhouse attached to a tree trunk or hanging from a limb.

If you mount a Winter Warmer and occasionally lift the lid, you may see several cuddling chickadees and possibly sharing the spaces with nuthatches and titmice.

The black-capped chickadee birdhouse (same as for Carolina, mountain and Boreal chickadees, nuthatches and titmice), can be constructed with most any softwood that is rough cut on both sides.

It has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 9″ inside ceiling, 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor, ventilation openings, and a hinged roof secured with shutter hooks.

Although most any method of attaching and securing a roof will do as long as it can be removed for monitoring and cleaning.

Assemble with screws fit to pre-drilled pilot holes.

Mount birdhouses for black-capped chickadees on a tree trunk or hang from a limb from chest level to just out of reach, higher if it attracts attention.

Birdhouse made with rough cut cedar, corrosion resistant screws and brass hinges and shutter hooks.

Chickadee Nuthatch Downy Birdhouse

View and print birdhouse plans for chickadees, nuthatches, titmice and downy woodpeckers.

Chickadee Nuthatch Titmouse Downy Plans

Put a few chips, not sawdust, on the nest box floor. Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are over.