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Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

Black-capped Chickadee is a small songbird which can be observed around Montreal all seasons. They are used to urban live but prefer to stay in parks.


Aves > Passeriformes > Paridae

Names in different Languages

EnglishBlack-capped Chickadee
FrenchMésange à tête noire
SpanishCarbonero cabecinegro, Carbonero de capucha negra

How to Identify

There have a black cap from top till the height of the eyes, a black throat. The rest of the head is white. Wings are light grey and body yellowish. They are very fast and agile flyers. To take photos in flight make sure that set up allows shutter speed of at least 1/3200s.

Where When to Spot

Black-capped Chickadee can be observed all year long in parks in and around the city. Although used to humans, they even pick food from your palms, this chickadee species remains within the vegetation of parks.

Belvédère Outremont 2 0 0 1
Boisé Des Douze 1 0 0 0
Champ des Possibles 0 1 0 0
Jardin Botanique de Montréal 4 0 0 2
Parc Angrignon 12 0 2 8
Parc Bernard-Landry 0 0 1 0
Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies 7 0 0 1
Parc de la Frayère 3 0 0 0
  29 1 3 12

Number of times a species has been observed, identified, and recorded. A species is reported only once per visit to a park.

Photos of Black-capped Chickadee

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Last updated on 2023-06-20. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.