Photo courtesy Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Florida
Copyright (c) 2006 Pete Williams
The Carolina Chickadee is a small bird, 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 inches long. The body is mostly light gray; black cap and throat. The cheek patch is white. Its preferred habitat is mixed and deciduous woods, suburbs, and parks.
These are difficult to distinguish from the Black-capped Chickadee, except the song is quite different. The Carolina Chickadee whistles a longer, more sibilant song, ending on a low note. Its chick-a-dee calls are more rapoid.