Chestnut-backed Chickadee

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

La. passer sparrow small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
iLa. parum too little
La. parus titmouse, tomtit
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. poecile painted
La. rufus red
La. escens approaching

Painting of a chestnut-backed chickadee perched on a coniferous tree branch
About four inches long. Dark brown crown, rich dark chestnut back, sides and flanks. Black throat and white sides of neck and underside. Grayish rusty wings. Gray tail edged with white.
USGS range map shows Chestnut-backed chickadees are most densely populated in coastal areas from California to British Colombia, inland in northern Idaho and less densely so in surrounding areas.
Inhabits coniferous and mixed forests in western and coastal areas from California to Alaska and inland from northeast Oregon, northern Idaho and western Montana to southern British Colombia and southwestern Alberta.
Forages in trees and thickets for insects, their eggs and larvae, spiders and cone seeds. Feed Chickadees sunflower seeds, nyjer (thistle seed), nuts and suet.
Builds nests of fine grass, feathers, plant fiber, hair and fur in abandoned or natural tree cavities or ones they excavate themselves and in bird houses.

Lays five to seven, more or less, white, sometimes speckled eggs, which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another three weeks.

Chestnut-backed Chickadees are year around residents in cold climates. If you mount a winter warming box and lift the lid you might find them cuddling with other chickadees and nuthatches.

Illustration of chestnut-backed chickadees on tree branches in a wintery forest.
The Chestnut-backed chickadee birdhouse (same as for Siberian Chickadees, Pygmy & Brown-headed Nuthatches), has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 9″ inside ceiling, 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor and ventilation openings.
Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

Secure hinged roof with brass shutter hooks for easy access.

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

Place a few chips on the nest box floor.

Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are over.

Nuthatches and other chickadees may use this box.

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Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Painting of a chestnut-backed chickadee perched on a coniferous tree branch

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

La. passer sparrow small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
iLa. parum too little
La. parus titmouse, tomtit
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. poecile painted
La. rufus red
La. escens approaching

About four inches long. Dark brown crown, rich dark chestnut back, sides and flanks. Black throat and white sides of neck and underside. Grayish rusty wings. Gray tail edged with white.

Inhabits coniferous and mixed forests in western and coastal areas from California to Alaska and inland from northeast Oregon, northern Idaho and western Montana to southern British Colombia and southwestern Alberta.
USGS range map shows Chestnut-backed chickadees are most densely populated in coastal areas from California to British Colombia, inland in northern Idaho and less densely so in surrounding areas.
Builds nests of fine grass, feathers, plant fiber, hair and fur in abandoned or natural tree cavities or ones they excavate themselves and in bird houses.
Illustration of chestnut-backed chickadees on tree branches in a wintery forest.
Females lay five to seven, more or less, white, sometimes speckled eggs. Young hatch after about two weeks incubation. Fledglings young leave the nest in about another three weeks.
Forages in trees and thickets for insects, their eggs and larvae, spiders and cone seeds.

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

Select to view and print the chestnut-backed chickadee nest box plans.
The Chestnut-backed chickadee birdhouse (same as for Siberian Chickadees, Pygmy & Brown-headed Nuthatches), has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 9″ inside ceiling, 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor and ventilation openings. Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes. Secure hinged roof with brass shutter hooks for easy access.

Mount nest box on a tree trunk or hang from a tree limb from chest level to just out of reach, higher if necessary. Place a few chips on the nest box floor. Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are over.

Nuthatches and other chickadees may use this box.

Chestnut-backed Chickadees are year around residents in cold climates. If you mount a winter warming box and lift the lid you might find them cuddling with other chickadees and nuthatches.

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