chick·​a·​dee | \ ˈchi-kə-(ˌ)dē How to pronounce chickadee (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Through various adaptations, most animals are bothered very little by the cold, though chickadees adapted to life at bird feeders will probably die if people stop feeding them now. Anchorage Daily News, "The physics of 40 below," 4 Jan. 2020 However, the two chickadee species do sometimes mate and hybridize along the zone, meaning scent isn’t the only cue that leads to reproduction. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Birds Sniff Each Other’s Bacteria to Help Choose a Mate," 11 Nov. 2019 The drought hit low elevations hardest, reducing reproductive success, while the snow whacked the high-elevation chickadees. Jim Robbins, Wired, "It's Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising," 30 Dec. 2019 The ornaments are 84 birds, including cardinals, chickadees, canaries, blue birds, woodpeckers, blue jays and gold finches. cleveland, "Olmsted Falls Garden Club is busy year round: Olmsted Dates and Data," 6 Dec. 2019 Many birds – waxwings, grosbeaks, chickadees and robins – love fruit, which can be put out on elevated platform feeders. oregonlive, "How to put out the welcome mat for birds this winter," 29 Oct. 2019 Smaller than chickadees, little brown bats exist on the very northern edge of their range in Alaska. Anchorage Daily News, "Little brown bats remain a northern mystery," 2 Nov. 2019 Cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, titmice and other relatively lightweight species will be able to take advantage of the weight-sensitive perches. Calvin Finch,, "If you feed them, birds will come," 10 Oct. 2019 Nuthatch and chickadee and Barred Owls (also known as hoot owls) live there, too, as do bald eagles, frogs, toads, salamanders, dragonflies and butterflies. Rich Heileman,, "Berea’s Old Stone House still in limbo: Around The Town," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of chickadee

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Chickadee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chickadee

: a common, small American bird


chick·​a·​dee | \ ˈchi-kə-dē How to pronounce chickadee (audio) \

Kids Definition of chickadee

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

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