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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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 Catch the soft sounds of winter: a frozen tree creaking, a stream gurgling under the ice, a restless chickadee. Grant Segall,, "Enjoy the wilds in winter with some of the season's best trails," 8 Feb. 2018 Combined with the fresh mountain air, deep blue sky filled with puffy white clouds, a nearly imperceptible breeze, the chirping of bouncing chickadees and the solitude, the moment was pure magic. Ernie Cowan Outdoors,, "Woodpecker spotting leads to another ‘sit and see’ session," 26 Dec. 2017 Blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, finches, nuthatches and titmice will come for the black-oil sunflower seed. Evan Macdonald,, "No one harmed in Christmas house fire in Broadview Heights," 25 Dec. 2017

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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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