Siberian Chickadee

(Siberian Titmouse, Siberian Tit, Alaska Chickadee, Gray-headed Chickadee)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Poecile
Species: cinctus

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

Siberian Chickadee, Robert Ridgway and John L Ridgway

Robert Ridgway & John L Ridgway

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 northern Alaska.

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 three weeks.

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 ventilation openings.

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 over. 

Siberian Chickadee Nest Box Plans
Siberian Chickadee
Nest Box Plans

Year around resident. Rare. Popular with birders. Will frequent feeders. Feed chickadees sunflower seeds, nyjer (thistle seeds) and suet.


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