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Home Backyard Bird Guide America's Top Backyard Birds America's Top Backyard Birds - Western North America Mountain Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee

Bird Food Preferences

Black-oil sunflower, striped sunflower, suet, and sunflower hearts

Bird Feeder Preferences

Tube, hopper, platform, and suet

Bird House Specifications

Mountain 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: Colorado pinyon and lodgepole pine


Mountain Chickadees can be found in western North America from southern Arizona to northern British Columbia.  Mountain Chickadees and Black-capped Chickadees are found in different habitats where their ranges overlap.  The Mountain Chickadee tends to be found in evergreens on high slopes, while the Black-capped Chickadee is found along streams.

Mountain Chickadees are on average five inches in length and weigh around 0.4 ounces.  The Mountain Chickadee is similar in appearance to the Black-capped Chickadee, but the black cap is broken up by a white stripe over the eye.

Mountain Chickadees nest in cavities created by other birds such as woodpeckers and nuthatches, and they also build nests in bird houses.  In the cavity, the female makes a cup from fur, which can be several inches deep depending on the size of the cavity.

Similar Species

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


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