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Black-capped Chickadee
state bird of Maine and Massachusetts

Len Hook was kind enough to tell me this about our state bird:

"The Black -capped Chickadee is a common sight in the woods and at backyard bird feeders throughout the state. The brownish-black bill is short, straight and rounded. The Chickadees glossy head is large with a short neck and dark brown eyes. Its body is thick. The feathers are blended and short. The tail is long, arched, and rounded, with twelve slender feathers. Feet and claws are greyish-blue. The whole upper part of the head and the hind neck is pure black, as is a large patch on the throat and fore-neck. The Chickadee is approximately 5 inches in length.

William D. Hall, of Castine,--- wrote a letter to the Legislature in 1927, recommending the chickadee become the state bird of Maine."


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