Black-capped chickadee

The Black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapilla) is one of the smaller birds that live in City Creek Canyon. Only 4.5 inches long it has a black crown, throat and wings. Its white face and grayish-white underparts camouflage it from predators in the wintertime. They travel in small flocks which add extra protection. Chickadees eat insects and small quantities of seeds and fruit. Being such a small bird, the Black-capped chickadee doesn't have a lot of body fat to keep it warm in the winter. It eats sunflower seeds in the winter to overcome this problem. Sunflower seeds contain more fat and this is stored in the chickadee's tiny body.

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