Sounds of the Black-Capped Chickadee
Shortcut: Chicka-dee-dee-dee-dee; fee-beee
Song: The song of the male is a clear two-note whistle that drops in pitch: fee-beee (the last note is often double-pulsed).
Call: The familiar chicka-dee-dee-dee call, after which the species is named, is given during flocking and helps insure flock cohesion. A gargled tseedleedeet is given during agressive encounters. Other calls include a simple tsit (the contact note) and various outbursts of notes.
Bird songs copyright 2011 by Lang Elliott. Song descriptions adapted from the book Common Birds and Their Songs (Lang Elliott, 1998: Houghton Mifflin Company) and other material by Lang Elliott. Contact: Nature Sound Studio. Photographs copyright 2011 by Brian Small and Robert Royse. All rights reserved.