Chestnut-Backed Chickadee

Chestnut-Backed Chickadee

The shaded part of the map shows where the Chestnut-backed Chickadee can be found and lives all year round.

1-2 broods a year with a clutch size anywhere from 1-11 eggs that look white with reddish brown spots.  The incubation period is 12-18 days and the nestling period is 18-21 days. 

The Chestnut-backed Chickadee diet is mostly insects, (beetles, wasps, spiders) seeds (mostly conifers) and berries.


If you want to attract the Chestnut-backed Chickadee to your yard, listed below are some food options these birds prefer.




Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

Black Oil Sunflower Seeds




Peanut Hearts

Peanut Hearts

Live Mealworms

Live Meal Worms

Dried Mealworms

Dried Meal Worms

 Hulled Sunflower Seeds

Hulled Sunflower Seeds

Nyjer Seed


Safflower Seed.



To attract the Chestnut-backed Chickadee to your yard using feeders, listed below are the type of feeders they prefer to use.  The pictures below, are some examples of each category.


Any size, shape, or style can be used.  All the food mentioned above can be placed on a platform feeder.  Also known as tray feeder and fly thru feeders.

Platform FeederPlatform FeederFly Thru Feeder


Any size, shape, or style of tube feeder can be used, designed to hole one or a variety of the following: peanuts, sunflower seeds, nyjer, and safflower

Window Tube FeederCaged Tube FeederMesh Feeder


Any size, style, or shape can be use, that can hold one or a variety of the following: Peanut, sunflower seeds, nyjer and safflower.

Hopper FeederHopper FeederMounted Hopper Feeder


Any size, shape, or style can be used, either a combination suet feeder with birdseed or a single suet feeder.

Combination Suet FeederCaged Suet FeederSuet Feeder


Any size, style, shape that is designed to hold mealworms

Mealworm FeederMealworm FeederMealworm Feeder


Any style, shape and exterior size will work if the interior dimensions are closely related to a 4" x 4" floor to a 5.5" x 5.5" floor.  Interior height between 8"-10".   An entrance hole that is 1 1/8" in diameter that is 6" to 8" above the floor.  Your bird house can be place 4' to 15' high, with the entrance hole facing NE to S.  If you plan to place more than one nest box for the Chestnut-Backed Chickadee, place your nest boxes approximately 160' apart to avoid territorial denomination. 

Listed below are some examples of birdhouse, the Chestnut-Backed Chickadee  may use.

Stone BirdhouseBird House


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