Go Find It!

By MDC | January 1, 2024
From Xplor: January/February 2024

Look and listen for chickadees in forests, parks, and backyards throughout Missouri. For more on these energetic birds, fly over to mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.


Acrobat Bird

Chickadees often hang upside down to pluck insects from the undersides of branches.

Seed Stasher

Chickadees hide thousands of seeds to eat later. Each snack is stashed in a different spot.

Sound the Alarm!

When a chickadee spots danger, it calls out a warning: chicka-dee-dee-dee. The more dees, the bigger the threat. Other birds freeze until the danger passes.

Cavity Creature

A woodpecker hole or other cavity offers a cozy bedroom for a sleepy chickadee.

Double the Trouble

Two lookalike chickadees live in Missouri. Black-capped chickadees live north of the Missouri River, and Carolina chickadees live to its south.

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This Issue's Staff

Artist – Matt Byrde
Photographer – Noppadol Paothong
Photographer – David Stonner
Designer – Marci Porter
Designer – Les Fortenberry
Art Director – Cliff White
Editor – Matt Seek
Subscriptions – Marcia Hale
Magazine Manager – Stephanie Thurber