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August 27, 2014

Bird of the Week – Boreal Chickadee

The Boreal Chickadee is the flashy, belligerent cousin of the more widespread Black-capped Chickadee.

Boreal Chickadee, Fairbanks, December 2013

Boreal Chickadee, Fairbanks, December 2013

As its name says, this is bird of the boreal forest. It’s call is more nasal –”snee snee snee” than its Black-capped cousin “dee dee dee.” Less is known about Boreal Chickadees. Apparently, they aren’t as cooperative study subjects as their cousins. Good for them.

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4 Responses to “Bird of the Week – Boreal Chickadee”
  1. Woster says:

    Does anyone know if chickadees eat black oil sunflower seeds? What local Fairbanks birds do? North Pole birds?

  2. AKblue says:

    I don’t see the boreal chickadees much, but the Black-caps are the friendliest of the birds that come to the birdfeeder. They don’t seem to mind it when we are nearby.
    We used to take the parakeet outside (in his cage) and the chickadees would come around and say hello.

  3. Alaska Pi says:

    I see a lot of black-capped chickadees in my part of Alaska but have never seen this one. Fish and Game map says they are around though
    http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=borealchickadee.main
    Will have to watch more carefully.
    Love these tough lil birds. Their black capped cousins enliven my garden when all else living is covered in snow.

  4. Zyxomma says:

    Ah, my little chickadee! Thanks, WC.

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