chick·​a·​dee | \ ˈchi-kə-(ˌ)dē \

Definition of chickadee

: any of several small North American oscine birds (genus Poecile of the family Paridae) that are related to the titmice, usually have the crown of the head distinctly darker than the body, and have sometimes been placed especially formerly in a related genus (Parus)

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Hello, black-capped chickadees, and welcome to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, November 16 Edition," 16 Nov. 2018 Hello, black-capped chickadees, and welcome to another weekly edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, Sept. 21 Edition," 21 Sep. 2018 Northern cardinals, Carolina chickadees and red-bellied woodpeckers will still flit aplenty through Charlotte neighborhoods. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Carolina birders took notes for 150 years. Many of the species they saw are gone. | Charlotte Observer," 12 Apr. 2018 The heat was not the first thing to threaten the chickadees. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Volunteers build new playground in North Chicago," 24 June 2018 These birds are on a manhunt amongst the chickadees flapping about the hotel lobby, pecking along the floor, and dashing between the trees planted by the water fountains. Danielle C. Belton, The Root, "Our Hotel is for the Birds (Literally), Cuh-CAAAAW!," 23 June 2018 These are also the areas where the chickadee nests and breeds, generally at elevations above 3,700 feet. Ernie Cowan,, "Chickadee is common sight in mountains," 15 Mar. 2018 When seeds are readily available, the chickadee will often stash them for later use. Ernie Cowan,, "Chickadee is common sight in mountains," 15 Mar. 2018 Cavity nesters like Eastern bluebirds, Carolina chickadees and tufted titmice already know where the boxes are. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Watch for the annual visit by red-winged blackbirds | Charlotte Observer," 16 Feb. 2018

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of chickadee

: a common, small American bird


chick·​a·​dee | \ ˈchi-kə-dē \

Kids Definition of chickadee

: a small mostly grayish bird with the top of the head black

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