Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Poecile rufescens

Summary 4

The Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens, is a small perching bird with a black and white head and chestnut back and gray flanks. They have a small beak and long tail.

To hear sounds of chestnut-backed chickadees:

Where on Campus? 5

Chestnut-backed chickadees are usually seen in the dense clumps of trees around the perimeter of campus, including the redwoods by parking lot 8 and along the Adobe Creek Corridor.

They are often seen in mixed species flocks outside of the breeding season with ruby-crowned kinglets, oak titmice, white breasted nuthatches and Oregon juncos.

Habitat 5

Chickadees are found in dense coniferous and mixed coniferous forests and parks of cities, towns, and suburbs.

Life History 5

Nesting Chestnut-backed Chickadees will nest in cavities or build open nests. Females build the nests. Chestnut-backed Chickadees use animal fur woven with plant material, including a thin "blanket" that can be used to cover the eggs when the adults leave the nest (

Feeding Chestnut backed Chickadees primarily feed on insects gleaned from foliage and seeds.

Distribution 5

Central California to south central Alaska

Migration 5


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  2. (c) Linda Tanner from Los Osos, California, U.S.A., some rights reserved (CC BY),
  3. (c) kevincole on Flickr, some rights reserved (CC BY),
  4. Adapted by gillian360 from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA),
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