Utah Bird Profile
Black-capped Chickadee -  Poecile atricapillus

 Name Roots: (chickadee, onomatopoeic) (L. ater, "black"; capillus, "hair of the head")

In Utah:

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by Paul Higgins

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characteristic behaviors:
Nests in a deciduous tree or in a snag at a height of 4-8 (To 40) feet, in a cavity nest. This species is a rare cowbird host. During the breeding season, this species is an insectivore: lower-canopy gleaner. During the non-breeding seasons this species is an omnivore: lower-canopy forager.
Habitat: Riparian woods, oak-maple woods, and aspen woods
    Breeds in Utah in mountain riparian and lowland riparian habitats.
How to find: The Black-capped Chickadee] is a favorite of feeder watchers because it comes into feeders readily during the winter, especially when black sunflower seeds are offered. It is found in any “wooded habitat” according to Sibley where it feeds on seeds and insects. That means riparian woods, oak-maple woods, and aspen woods. During the winter it moves into residential areas to feed in orchards and other types of coniferous and deciduous trees. ~ Merrill Webb

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