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Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee
The Carolina Chickadee is a small passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. Their breeding habitat is mixed or deciduous woods in the United States from New Jersey west to southern Kansas and south to Florida and Texas; there is a gap in the range at high altitudes in the Appalachian Mountains where they are replaced by their otherwise more northern relative, the Black-capped Chickadee. They nest in a hole in a tree; the pair excavates the nest, using a natural cavity or sometimes an old woodpecker nest. They may interbreed with Black-capped Chickadees where the ranges overlap, which can make identification difficult. They are permanent residents, not usually moving south even in severe winter weather. Carolina Chickadees are able to lower their body temperatures to induce an intentional state of hypothermia called torpor. They do this to conserve energy during extremely cold winters. In extremely cold weather conditions they look for cavities where they can hide in and spend up to fifteen hours at a time in torpor; during this time they are awake but unresponsive; they should not be picked up and handled at this time, as the stress of being held may cause their death. Cropped only; otherwise untouched.

Flemming Christiansen, Alan Rust, William Sutherland, Jacky Dartier and 4 other people have particularly liked this photo

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yokopakumayoko Francesco
yokopakumayoko Franc…
Great shot!
19 months ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
This looks just like our Coal Tit and many thanks for posting in 'Fur, Fin and Feather'.
19 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Fabulous close-up!
19 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J

Admired in ~ Wildlife In The Garden
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.
Beautifully captured, well done ;-)
19 months ago.