chickadee

noun
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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Audubon recommends mixed seeds or black oil sunflower seeds for attracting chickadees and finches and hanging a suet feeder for woodpeckers. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How Birds Stay Warm in the Winter, In Case You Were Wondering," 1 Feb. 2019 According to the National Audubon Society, black-capped chickadees can lower their internal thermostats by as much as 22º F after dark! Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How Birds Stay Warm in the Winter, In Case You Were Wondering," 1 Feb. 2019 Hello, mountain chickadees, and welcome back to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, February 1 Edition," 1 Feb. 2019 Instead, a pair of chickadees claimed an ornate birdhouse that was never really meant to be a birdhouse. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "On-deck observations from the backyard," 3 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of chickadee

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chickadee

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chickadee

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chickadee

: a common, small American bird

chickadee

noun
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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