Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Physical Traits

The Chestnut-backed Chickadee is named for its chestnut back and rump. It is the smallest member of the chickadee family. While it does not have a distinctive "whistle", it uses a repeated clicking note to announce its presence.


They live mainly in thick, moist forests along the Pacific Coast.

Recommended Feeders

Feeder Tips

Chickadees are sure-footed and need no perches.  Hang your feeder in or near a tree, and use a squirrel guard because sunflower seeds and nuts are squirrels’ favorites too.

States and Regions Found

They can be found along the Pacific Coast from southern Alaska to southern California, as well as in the mountains from southeastern British Columbia to northern Idaho and eastern Oregon.