• WordNet 3.6
    • n chickadee any of various small grey-and-black songbirds of North America
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most frequently seen birds at feeders across North America last winter were the Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and American goldfinch, along with downy woodpeckers, blue jays, mourning doves, black-capped chickadees, house sparrows, northern cardinals and european starlings.
    • n Chickadee (Zoöl) A small bird, the blackcap titmouse (Parus atricapillus), of North America; -- named from its note.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chickadee The popular name of the American black-capped titmouse, Parus atricapillus, and related species. The chickadees are small birds from 4½ to 5½ inches long, leaden-gray above and whitish below. They have a black cap and black throat.
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In literature:

Every one that I meet I merrily greet With a chickadee dee, chickadee dee!
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [May, 1897]" by Various
Chickadees and woodpeckers would alight upon the meat and peck it swinging in the wind, but the crows were fearful.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
The Mexican Chickadee is common in southeastern Coahuila.
"Birds from Coahuila, Mexico" by Emil K. Urban
Twittering of sleepy chickadees were heard among the pines, and out in the lake a loon laughed.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
It would be impossible to tell how many chickadee nests I have found in all the years of my bird study.
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
Sparrows may hover about him and peck in vain; chickadees may clutch the dangling finger and pound with all their tiny might.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
They catch lots of woods mice and such small birds as chickadees.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Then, on the 27th, as I sat at my desk, a chickadee chirped outside.
"The Foot-path Way" by Bradford Torrey
But it's only the singing of one lonely little chickadee in the middle of a terribly big pile of ruins.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
I sat for hours in the woods one day, watching a pair of chickadees feeding their young ones.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills

In poetry:

The rapt revelations of sound;
For the morning-blue above us
And the rusted gold of the fern,
For the chickadee's call to valor
Bidding the faint-heart turn;
"An Autumn Garden" by Bliss William Carman
Through the forest, followed, Henry made his silky way,
No chickadee was troubled, small moss smiled on his swift passage.
But there were those ahead when at midday
they met in a clearing and lookt at each other awhile.
To kill was not the message.
"Dream Song 116: Through the forest, followed, Henry made his silky way" by John Berryman

In news:

I heard somewhere, way back, that a chickadee 's song changes on or around Valentine's Day each winter.
Recent paternity tests of baby chickadees indicate that on nests cared for by a male that does not sing very much, some of the babies will have been fathered by a neighboring male who sings a whole lot.
Woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice and nuthatches are common birds that eat insects and are strongly attracted to beef kidney suet as a substitute.
In winter, a foraging flock might include several species of birds: chickadees, kinglets, and even a Downy Woodpecker.
Here in the Smokies region, the chickadee is the bird that comes closest to utilizing hibernation as a technique.
But a few days ago, I heard a chickadee signing.
I looked out the back window of my house over the weekend and on the bird feeders there were three birds – a chickadee, a titmouse and a white-breasted nuthatch – all in a straight line, and perfectly spaced.
Chickadees are friendly watch birds.
The Strange Case of the Sickle- billed Chickadees.
Naked, Frigid Biologist Commiserates With Chickadees.
The legislature's Taxation Committee has acted on two issues that were the subjects of my recent blog posts: the chickadee checkoff on Maine's income tax form, and a newly-enforced sales tax on RVs.
Maine's Chickadee Checkoff May Fly Away.
Maine's chickadee checkoff may fly away if the legislature's Taxation Committee flushes it off the roost in the state income tax form where it's rested since 1984.
"Chickadee" by Donna Jean Carver.
This seed attracks the Finches, Chickadees, Juncos and the occasional squirrel.