- any of several North American birds of the genus Parus, of the titmouse family, especially P. atricapillus (black-capped chickadee), having the throat and top of the head black.
Origin of chickadee
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Then, on the 27th, as I sat at my desk, a chickadee chirped outside.The Foot-path Way
The chickadee, on the other hand, seldom gets mention as a singer.
How came the chickadee by his endless fund of happy spirits?
It was a revelation to me that a chickadee could possibly sit still so long.
This may be well illustrated by a comparison of the chickadee with the brown thrush.
- any of various small North American songbirds of the genus Parus, such as P. atricapillus (black-capped chickadee), typically having grey-and-black plumage: family Paridae (titmice)
Word Origin for chickadee
black-capped titmouse, 1834, American English, echoic of its cry.