(Siberian Titmouse, Siberian Tit, Alaska Chickadee, Gray-headed Chickadee)
La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
La. parum too little
La. parus titmouse, tomtit
Gr. poecile painted
La. cinctus encircled, wreathed
Robert Ridgway & John L
|Large Chickadee, about five inches long.
Brown crown and nape. Sooty black throat. White sides of the head and neck widening to the
back of the neck. Dusty brownish gray back, wings and tail. Light gray underside.
Similar to Boreal and Black-capped Chickadees.
Inhabits coniferous and mixed forests
year around in Arctic areas of eastern Siberia, Scandinavia, Canada, and central and
Builds nests of grass, plant down and wool or hair in
abandoned and natural cavities of trees and stumps from near the ground up to twenty feet
in forests near streams.
Lays six to ten, more or less, white, sometimes speckled eggs
which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another
Eats insects, seeds and fruit.
Will nest in bird houses.
The Siberian Chickadee nest box (same as for Nuthatches, Titmice,
Downy Woodpecker and other Chickadees) has a 4" by 4" floor, 9" inside
ceiling, 1 1/4" diameter entrance hole located 7" above the floor and
Mount nest box on a tree trunk or hang from a limb from chest level
to just out of reach, higher only if necessary.
Place a few chips on
the nest box floor. Remove the nest after the brood rearing season is
Nest Box Plans
Year around resident. Rare. Popular with birders. Will
frequent feeders. Feed chickadees sunflower seeds, nyjer (thistle seeds)