Boreal Chickadee

About the Boreal Chickadee

Also known as: Hudsonian, Acadian Chickadee

The Boreal Chickadee is a small songbird in the tit family. Their breeding habitat is coniferous woods in Canada, Alaska and the northern edges of the United States.

They nest in a hole in a tree. A pair of Boreal Chickadees will use a natural cavity or sometimes an old woodpecker nest and will remains together year round. They may even stay together for life.

These birds forage on conifer branches or probe into the bark. They mainly eat insects and seeds and will store food for later use.

The call is a husky tsik-a-dee-dee, a variant on the call which gives chickadees their name.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 05 August 2007
Scientific Name
Poecile hudsonica
  • Passeriformes
  • Paridae
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
4.9 to 5.7 inches
0.24 to 0.43 ounces

International Names

Czech (Cesky) Sýkora Severní
Danish (Dansk) Canadamejse
Dutch (Nederlands) Bruine Mees
Finnish (Suomi) Kanadantiainen
French (Français) Mésange à Tête Brune
German (Deutsch) Hudsonmeise
Italian (Italiano) Cincia Boreale
Japanese (日本語) カナダコガラ (Kanadagara)
Polish (Polski) Sikora Kanadyjska
Spanish (Español) Carbonero Boreal
Swedish (Svenska) Kanadames
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