The Carolina chickadee is a small, plump, small-billed bird with a distinctive
black "cap" on the head and black "bib" on the throat, white cheeks and a gray
body with a white belly.
They are found throughout the southeastern United States in forests of all
types, but they can also be found at backyard bird feeding stations. In
Maryland, they range from the Eastern Shore to the foothills of Washington
Carolina chickadees are mostly insectivorous which means they eat insects.
However, they will also consume a variety of fleshy fruits, suet, berries,
acorns, and seeds, especially sunflower seeds.
The black-capped chickadee is found in western Maryland from Washington County
west. They are similar to the Carolina; however, the black-capped chickadee is
slightly larger, has a conspicuous white patch on its wing, and has a different
and distinctive call.
Chickadees are cavity nesters. They raise their young in natural tree cavities
which they enlarge to suit their needs. They will also use abandoned woodpecker
cavities and man made nest boxes.
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