Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis (Audubon, 1834)  Synonyms: CACH, Carolina Tit.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Aves   >   Order Passeriformes   >   Family Paridae   >   Genus Poecile   

Status:

Common resident throughout Maryland except in the western two counties, where it is replaced by Black-capped Chickadee. Hybrids are readily detected around Sideling Hill, such as on Woodmont Road in Washington County. Rare in Allegany County. Unrecorded in Garrett County.

Description:

Note the silvery-gray edges to the inner greater coverts and secondaries, lacking the white hockey stick pattern of Black-capped. The white cheek patch grays toward the black nape where the border is rounded, not squared as in Black-capped. Typically has a cleaner edge to the bib and a shorter tail than Black-capped. Song is 3-4 notes versus the 2-note song of Black-capped. Other Black-capped vocalizations are lower and slower.

There are 452 records in the project database.

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A Carolina Chickadee in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/10/10). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list) (More of this species)

A Carolina Chickadee in Harford Co., Maryland (3/9/2015). Photo by Matthew Addicks. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee in Harford Co., Maryland (9/8/2014). Photo by Matthew Addicks. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee in Harford Co., Maryland (4/8/2018). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee in Carroll Co., Maryland (10/8/2006). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee in Harford Co., Maryland (2/5/2017). Photo by Matthew Addicks. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee discovers an egg case among dead leaves in Howard Co., Maryland (1/13/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee in Baltimore Co., Maryland (11/18/2013). Photo by Benjamin DeHaven. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee in Howard Co., Maryland (8/24/2016). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee in Harford Co., Maryland (2/10/2016). Photo by Matthew Addicks. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/25/2012). Photo by Jon Corcoran. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee in Harford Co., Maryland (1/26/2016). Photo by Matthew Addicks. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee in Somerset Co., Maryland (8/25/2018). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee feeding on Sweet Gum in Dorchester Co., Maryland (12/12/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee in Garrett Co., Maryland (5/4/2018). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee in Harford Co., Maryland (3/23/2017). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee captured in flight in Baltimore Co., Maryland (12/19/2013). Photo by Jon Corcoran. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee nest with one egg and three recently hatched young at Fort Smallwood in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/7/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee nest with eggs at Chino Farms in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (4/30/2016). Photo by Maren Gimpel. (MBP list)


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