Boreal Chickadee

(Hudsonian Chickadee, Acadian Chickadee)

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

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
iLa. parum too little
La. parus titmouse, tomtit
Gr. poecile painted
La. hudsonicus for Henry Hudson

About five inches long. Similar to, but darker than the Black-capped Chickadee. Grayish brown crown and back.

Black throat. Ashen-white undersides and sides of neck. Chestnut flanks. Gray wings and tail.

Boreal chickadee perched on a tree twig.
Inhabits coniferous forests in Alaska and across Canada from British Columbia to the northern Great Lakes Region, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and down to the New England States.
USGS map shows boreal chickadees range across Canada from British Columbia to Nova Scotia and down to the New England States.
Builds nests of moss, fine grass and rabbit fur in cavities low to the ground in decayed stumps and higher in trees. Lays six or seven, more or less, creamy-white, speckled eggs
Forages for insects, seeds and fruit occasionally in flocks with black-capped chickadees.

Stores seeds and insects for the harsh northern winters.

Feed chickadees sunflower seeds, nyjer (thistle seeds), nuts and suet.

A boreal chickadee perched on a fine twig in a tree against a green background.
Sings similar but more deliberate and lower pitched notes than the black-capped chickadee.
The birdhouse for boreal chickadees (same as for nuthatches, titmice, downy woodpeckers and other chickadees) has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 9″ inside ceiling, 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor and ventilation openings. More about this birdhouse.
Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes. Secure a hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access.

Mount nest box on a tree trunk or hang from a limb from chest level to just out of reach, higher only if necessary.

Place a few chips, not sawdust, on the nest box floor.
Remove the nest from the box after the brood rearing seasons are over.
Sheet music of the boreal chickadee song.

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Boreal Chickadee

(Hudsonian Chickadee, Acadian Chickadee)

A boreal chickadee perched on a fine twig in a tree against a green background.

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

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
iLa. parum too little
La. parus titmouse, tomtit
Gr. poecile painted
La. hudsonicus for Henry Hudson

About five inches long. Similar to, but darker than the Black-capped Chickadee. Grayish brown crown and back. Black throat. Ashen-white undersides and sides of neck. Chestnut flanks. Gray wings and tail.

Inhabits coniferous forests in Alaska and across Canada from British Columbia to the northern Great Lakes Region, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and down to the New England States.
USGS map shows boreal chickadees range across Canada from British Columbia to Nova Scotia and down to the New England States.
Builds nests of moss, fine grass and rabbit fur in cavities low to the ground in decayed stumps and higher in trees.

Lays six or seven, more or less, creamy-white, speckled eggs

Forages for insects, seeds and fruit occasionally in flocks with Black-capped Chickadees and stores food for the harsh northern winters.

Feed Chickadees sunflower seeds, nyjer (thistle seeds), nuts and suet.

Select to view or print boreal chickadee birdhouse plans.
The boreal chickadee birdhouse (same as for Nuthatches, Titmice, Downy Woodpeckers and other Chickadees), has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 9″ inside ceiling, 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor and ventilation openings.  More about this birdhouse

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes. Secure a hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access.

Mount nest box on a tree trunk or hang from a limb from chest level to just out of reach, higher only if necessary. Place a few chips, not sawdust, on the nest box floor. Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are over.

Nuthatches, titmice, downy woodpeckers and other chickadees may use this nest box.

Boreal chickadee perched on a tree twig.

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