Capped Chickadee Scientific

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Black Capped Chickadee

Scientific Name: Poecile Atricapilla
Dimensions: It is approximately 13cm long, with an 18cm wingspan as a full grown adult. The chickadee weighs anywhere from 9-14 grams, depending on the amount of food available and its individual eating habits. Physical Characteristics: The black capped chickadee has black cap (top of its head) and bib (under the beak and on the neck) with whit cheeks. Its wings are grey and white as well as its tail and the belly of this bird is tan. These chickadees have 3 toes, each with a sharp talon. Behavior: The black capped chickadee is known to be quiet friendly when it comes to humans, they aren’t afraid to interact. It prefers hopping on and between trees instead of “walking” on the ground. These birds are not migratory, so they stay in this region year round. Also, when hunting or searching for food, the chickadees like to fly in flocks to be more efficient. When faced with threat of a predator, chickadees team up and mob the predator. Poking and picking at it with its beak and talons. Feeding Type: This particular type of chickadee is an omnivore. It eats both plants and animals in its biome, depending on the availability of each food source. Trophic Level: The black capped chickadee can be considered part of the 3rd or 4th trophic level. It is part of the 4th level because it eats spiders, which eats insects, who feed on grass. However, it can be considered part of the 3rd trophic level because sometimes it feeds on insects, who feed on grass. Diet: Its diet consists of insects and small spiders in the warmer months. In the cooler months, they feed on seeds and berries. Reproduction: The black capped chickadee reproduces sexually. These particular birds begin breeding around the age of 1, and can lie anywhere from 3-8 eggs at time. Humans Effect: Because black capped chickadees do not migrate during the winter, they rely even more on a stable habitat. Humans have been eliminating deciduous forests to...
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