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Mountain Chickadee

Poecile gambelii

Mountain Chickadee
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Length: 5 in. (13 cm)
Usually restricted to mountainous coniferous forest, only during especially harsh winters does the Mountain Chickadee descend to lower elevation riparian areas and broad-leafed forests for a month or so. This species commonly occurs in large mixed species foraging flocks with nuthatches, warblers, sparrows, juncoes, and bushtits, where they look for insects and seeds. Its nest is in a tree cavity The four-digit banding code is MOCH.
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Male
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Fir forest
Fir forest

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

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