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Home Backyard Bird Guide America's Top Backyard Birds America's Top Backyard Birds - Eastern North America Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee

Bird Food Preferences

Black-oil sunflower, suet, and sunflower hearts

Bird Feeder Preferences

Tube, hopper, platform, and suet

Bird House Specifications

Carolina Chickadees use nest boxes.  Check out the Bird House Dimensions page to learn how to build a bird house specifically for chickadees.

Plants to Attract

Woody Plants: Blackberry, blueberry, honeysuckle, mulberry, pine, redbud, and Virginia creeper; Non-woody Plants: Ragweed


Carolina Chickadees are found year round in the southeast United States.  They can be seen in wooded areas including swamps, parks, and suburbs.  During the winter, chickadees live in feeding flocks with other small birds.

Carolina Chickadees are on average four inches in length and weigh between 0.3 and 0.4 ounces.  They have black caps and bibs with white cheeks.  Their backs are light gray and their underparts are white and transition to buffy on the sides.  The Carolina Chickadee and the Black-capped Chickadee are very similar in appearance.  However, the Carolina has gray-white edges on its wings and the Black-capped has bold white edges.

Both male and female Carolina Chickadees excavate the cavity for the nest.  The female builds the nest using moss for the foundation and hair for the lining.  Nests are usually found between 2 and 25 feet high.  Carolina Chickadees will use a bird house.  

Similar Species

Black-capped Chickadee, Boreal Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, and White-breasted Nuthatch


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