Boreal Chickadee  ( Mésange à tête brune )      This species is of special interest to Timiskaming birders.    All sightings should be documented and reported.

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Poecile hudsonicus

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General Notes

The population of the Boreal Chickadee appears to be decreasing significantly, according to a recent analysis of Christmas Bird Count and Breeding Bird Survey records conducted by National Audubon Society scientists. It is possible that the North American population has decreased by as much as 73 % in the last 40 years, although there is insufficient data about this species to be highly confident in the actual magnitude of the population growth. The trend, however, is considered statistically significant.

The latin name of the Boreal Chickadee was changed in 1998 to recognize the differences between the Old World tits and the New World chickadees.  The Old World species retained the genus Parus, while our chickadees were put into the new genus Poecile.

Abundance: Occasional Earliest observed date:  

Typical arrival date:

November 30
Breeding Status: Winter Visitor Latest observed date:  

Typical departure date:

May 28

Documented Observations


May 27-28, 1997. Three observed at Hilliardton Marsh during field work for a Master's thesis by David Locky.

March 2, 1998. Two observed just outside of Kirkland Lake by Jenny Daigneaults.

February 26, 2008. One observed in Englehart by Serge and Dianne Gendron.

March 21-22, 2008. Two observed in Englehart by Serge and Dianne Gendron.


Banding Results






1996   1   1
1999   22   22
2001   4   4
2002   1   1
2004   1   1
2005   2   2
2007   14   14