I his tame, acrobatic tit with a distinctive VU'•( % "chickadee" call is often seen in small groups that move continuously through woodland. It is also found in small groves of trees, thickets, and suburban gardens. Its diet consists of insects, seeds, HI and berries. After pairing for the breeding season, birds vBH form small, noisy flocks in autumn, and these then team up with similar small flocks of birds of other species. Black-capped Chickadees arc readily attracted to gardens ^ in which sunflower seeds, suet, or peanuts are offered.

• nest a cup nest of plant down, feathers, and hairs, on a moss base, in a cavity cut in rotting wood, or in a nest box.

• Distribution s. Canada and N. usa.

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