Meaning of chickadee in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtʃɪkədiː/

Translate chickadee into Spanish


  • A North American titmouse, in particular: the black-capped chickadee (Parus atricapillus ), with distinctive black cap and throat, and the similar but smaller Carolina chickadee (P. carolinensis ).

    ‘Aside from pigeons, chickadees, seagulls, and the occasional bluejay, we city-dwellers don't usually get to see a variety of bird species.’
    • ‘I thought this was smart since that would save energy, but I'm sure there is some predator defense that works since most chickadees grab a seed and eat it elsewhere.’
    • ‘There seems to be less of a variety of species now, but the cute chickadees still come by, picking their way through the seeds to get to their favorite sunflower seeds.’
    • ‘Intended for the smallest of birds - the chickadees and finches - we assumed the swing factor would be enough to deter larger unwanted guests.’
    • ‘Likewise, the chestnut-backed chickadees hide in the branches of the scrub oak awaiting an opportunity for a quick breakfast.’
    • ‘House sparrows and starlings seem to not care for the design of the house but tree swallows, bluebirds, chickadees and wrens really like it.’
    • ‘If you have an old, dead tree in your garden, woodpeckers, nuthatches, and chickadees may seek out your yard to look for food and build their houses.’
    • ‘I discovered that the chickadees had fledged from the bluebird box and bluebirds had started a nest with one egg already laid.’
    • ‘Today the chickadees at the feeder put on a show and I was ready, camera in hand.’
    • ‘There's a small hole in the wall and he watched the chickadees go in with nesting material.’
    • ‘A chickadee clutched something white and pulled at it.’
    • ‘A rock had collected a little puddle of water, and a chickadee dropped down to bathe.’
    • ‘Black oil sunflower seeds are relished by chickadees, evening grosbeaks, cardinals and finches, and are less attractive to non-native sparrows and starlings.’
    • ‘As we had learned from those first brave chickadees, the cardinal, the robin family, and now the sparrow, communion with another life can change your perspective on the world.’
    • ‘Your woodpeckers, chickadees and wrens will repay you for keeping a supply of suet on hand by bringing their babies - your next generation of customers - by for a treat.’
    • ‘House sparrows, black-capped chickadees, and blue grouse dine on mistletoe berries, while porcupines devour whatever plant parts they can reach.’
    • ‘I'm standing at the window considering all this and noting how the chickadees outside seem more cheering than a while ago, when I remember I need to put more wood on the fire.’
    • ‘In Massachusetts winter residents include chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, titmice, cardinals, and mockingbirds.’
    • ‘Use suet or specialty suet cakes with added berries or peanuts to attract woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice, Carolina wrens and wintering warblers.’
    • ‘We cannot recall ever having such large families of cardinals, downy and hairy woodpeckers, English sparrows, blue jays, titmice and chickadees.’


Mid 19th century imitative of its call.