Black-Capped Chickadee

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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No. 46 Chickadee Length 5 1/4 inches This stout-hearted little braver of winter storms is a general favorite. Indeed, many regard him as their closest friend among birds. When Warblers and Swallows and Thrushes have left us, and frost and snow possess the land, the Chickadee comes into his kingdom. His saucy notes ring out in the bleak winter woods and bid us be of good cheer. He comes about our homes, performing his acrobatic feats in the trees of the lawn, and is among the first to find the feeding-shelf and the lump of suet on the trunk. At such times his friendly social qualities are the delight of all. It is doubtful if any bird is proportionately more useful to man than this little member of the Titmouse family, for he is a great destroyer of insects which are harmful to trees. Even during the winter more than one half of his food consists of insects and their eggs. It has been estimated that one Chickadee may destroy over one hundred thousand eggs of the canker worm within twenty-five days. The nest is in holes in trees, old stumps, and situations of similar character. It is composed of grasses, moss, feathers and other soft material. From five to nine eggs are laid, speckled chiefly at the larger end with brown. Classification: Order Passeres. Family Paridae. Scientific name: Panthestes atricapillus. Range: Throughout the eastern and northern United States and Canada. No. 46 from set of 50 Winter Birds of the Northeastern United States. Published by the National Association of Audubon Societies, 1974 Broadway, New York City. Price per set, in a box, $1.00 post paid

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