One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American titmouse, in particular: the black-capped chickadee ("Parus atricapillus"), with distinctive black cap and throat, and the similar but smaller Carolina chickadee ("P. carolinensis").
- ‘Black oil sunflower seeds are relished by chickadees, evening grosbeaks, cardinals and finches, and are less attractive to non-native sparrows and starlings.’
- ‘There seems to be less of a variety of species now, but the cute chickadees still come by, picking their way through the seeds to get to their favorite sunflower seeds.’
- ‘As we had learned from those first brave chickadees, the cardinal, the robin family, and now the sparrow, communion with another life can change your perspective on the world.’
- ‘Intended for the smallest of birds - the chickadees and finches - we assumed the swing factor would be enough to deter larger unwanted guests.’
- ‘We cannot recall ever having such large families of cardinals, downy and hairy woodpeckers, English sparrows, blue jays, titmice and chickadees.’
- ‘House sparrows and starlings seem to not care for the design of the house but tree swallows, bluebirds, chickadees and wrens really like it.’
- ‘There's a small hole in the wall and he watched the chickadees go in with nesting material.’
- ‘Aside from pigeons, chickadees, seagulls, and the occasional bluejay, we city-dwellers don't usually get to see a variety of bird species.’
- ‘Likewise, the chestnut-backed chickadees hide in the branches of the scrub oak awaiting an opportunity for a quick breakfast.’
- ‘Your woodpeckers, chickadees and wrens will repay you for keeping a supply of suet on hand by bringing their babies - your next generation of customers - by for a treat.’
- ‘In Massachusetts winter residents include chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, titmice, cardinals, and mockingbirds.’
- ‘I discovered that the chickadees had fledged from the bluebird box and bluebirds had started a nest with one egg already laid.’
- ‘A rock had collected a little puddle of water, and a chickadee dropped down to bathe.’
- ‘If you have an old, dead tree in your garden, woodpeckers, nuthatches, and chickadees may seek out your yard to look for food and build their houses.’
- ‘A chickadee clutched something white and pulled at it.’
- ‘I thought this was smart since that would save energy, but I'm sure there is some predator defense that works since most chickadees grab a seed and eat it elsewhere.’
- ‘I'm standing at the window considering all this and noting how the chickadees outside seem more cheering than a while ago, when I remember I need to put more wood on the fire.’
- ‘Use suet or specialty suet cakes with added berries or peanuts to attract woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice, Carolina wrens and wintering warblers.’
- ‘House sparrows, black-capped chickadees, and blue grouse dine on mistletoe berries, while porcupines devour whatever plant parts they can reach.’
- ‘Today the chickadees at the feeder put on a show and I was ready, camera in hand.’
Mid 19th century: imitative of its call.
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