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Photo by lwr
Whitbourne, Newfoundland, November 2005
Poecile hudsonicus


12.5–14.5 cm

  • Grey-brown upperparts
  • Brown cap
  • Greyish wings and tail
  • Grey face with white sides
  • White underparts
  • Brown flanks
  • Black throat
  • Short dark bill
  • Short wings
  • Long notched tail


In most boreal regions of North America, meaning the coniferous forests of Canada, Alaska and northernmost parts of some US states such as Maine and Minnesota. Additional "islands" of habitat in the fir forests on mountain ranges in New York and New England.


This is a polytypic species, consisting of five subspecies[1]:

  • P. h. stoneyi:
  • Northern Alaska to northern Yukon and north-western Mackenzie
  • P. h. hudsonicus:
  • P. h. columbianus:
  • P. h. farleyi:
  • P. h. littoralis:

The scientific name of this species has in the past been given as both Parus hudsonicus and Poecile hudsonica but most world wide checklists currently use Poecile hudsonicus.


Dense coniferous woodland, especially spruce and fir.



Monogomous. They nest in a tree hole which both sexes excavate.


The diet includes aphids, moths, insect larvae and conifer seeds.


Call: tsik-a-dee-dee.

(Similar to the call of a black-capped chickadee, but usually described as less melodious.)


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2014)
  3. Wikipedia

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