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 and 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 1,128 records in the project database.

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Carolina Chickadee in Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/31/2022). (c) Stephen John Davies, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). - Stephen John Davies via iNaturalist.

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A Carolina Chickadee in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/7/2020). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (5/24/2019). Photo by Jonathan Irons. (MBP list)

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

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

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

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

Carolina Chickadee in Dorchester Co., Maryland (3/21/2008). (c) Frode Jacobsen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Frode Jacobsen via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Carolina Chickadee feeding on Eastern Poison Ivy fruit in Frederick Co., Maryland (12/24/2021). No rights reserved. Photo by Andy Wilson via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Carolina Chickadee in Baltimore Co., Maryland (5/5/2020). (c) Frode Jacobsen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Frode Jacobsen via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Carolina Chickadee in Baltimore Co., Maryland (2/3/2008). (c) Frode Jacobsen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Frode Jacobsen via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

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

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

Carolina Chickadee in Montgomery Co., Maryland (12/28/2020). (c) Stephen John Davies, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Stephen John Davies via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A wet Carolina Chickadee in Worcester Co., Maryland (9/24/2020). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

A Carolina Chickadee feeding chicks in Harford Co., Maryland (5/21/2020). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

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

Carolina Chickadee in Montgomery Co., Maryland (2/19/2021). (c) pablo vidal-ribas, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by pablo_vidal-ribas via iNaturalist. (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 captured in flight in Baltimore Co., Maryland (12/19/2013). Photo by Jon Corcoran. (MBP list)

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

Carolina Chickadee in presumed nesting cavity in Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/11/2022). (c) Stephen John Davies, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Stephen John Davies via iNaturalist. (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)

Carolina Chickadee in Garrett Co., Maryland (5/23/2017). (c) Kyle Klotz, all rights reserved. Photo by Kyle Klotz. (MBP list)

Carolina Chickadee gathers fur from a dead mammal for nest lining in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/3/2022). (c) Ron Wertz, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA). Photo by Ron Wertz via iNaturalist. (MBP list)


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