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Chestnut-backed Chickadee

From Opus

Photo © by janrussEdmonds, Washington, USA, January 2007
Photo © by janruss
Edmonds, Washington, USA, January 2007
Poecile rufescens

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[edit] Identification

11.5–12.5 cm

  • Chestnut back, sides, flanks, and rump
  • Pale grey white underparts
  • Dark blackish-brown cap
  • Black bib
  • White cheeks
  • White belly

Sexes and juveniles alike

[edit] Distribution

Coastal pacific states from central California north to Alaska. Also found in Idaho and western Montana.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies[1]

This is a polytypic species consisting of three subspecies:

  • P. r. rufescens:
  • P. r. neglectus:
  • Coastal California (south-western Marin County)
  • P. r. barlowi:
  • Coastal southern California (San Francisco Bay to Santa Barbara Co.)

[edit] Habitat

Found in coniferous forests, especially of Douglas fir, and mixed and deciduous woodlands. Visits backyard feeders.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It nests in cavities, using fur and hair from deer, rabbits or coyotes. The clutch consists of 5-8 eggs.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects, invertebrates, conifer seeds and fruit.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

[edit] External Links

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