The chickadees are a group of North American birds in the tit family included in the genus Poecile. Species found in North America are referred as chickadees, while other species in the genus are called tits. They also have quick movements and are notably shy.
They are small-sized birds overall, usually having the crown of the head and throat patch distinctly darker than the body. They are at least 6 to 14 centimeters in size.
Their name reputedly comes from the fact that their calls make a distinctive "chick-a-dee-dee-dee" sound.
- Black-capped chickadee, Poecile atricapillus
- Boreal chickadee, Poecile hudsonicus
- Carolina chickadee, Poecile carolinensis
- Chestnut-backed chickadee, Poecile rufescens
- Grey-headed chickadee, Poecile cinctus
- Mexican chickadee, Poecile sclateri
- Mountain chickadee, Poecile gambeli
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