• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco


Chestnut-backed Chickadee

(Parus rufescens)
chestnut backed chickadee
A Chestnut-backed Chickadee gets a drink in the community garden at Fort Scott.
Will Elder, NPS

Natural History: This species feeds on seeds, fruits, insects, and spiders found high up in trees. It takes cover in forest areas. The chickadee and nests in old tree cavities by constructing nests of moss, fur, and feathers. Breeding season is from mid-March to July.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this bird is found in all forest and ornamental areas. This species breeds on the Presidio grounds.

Frequency: The Chestnut-backed Chickadee is abundant in the Presidio year round.

Identifying Characteristics: This bird has a black head with white cheeks. It has a chestnut brown back and sides.

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Did You Know?

United States Capitol Building

In 1872, there was a proposal in Congress for the Presidio to become a San Francisco city park. The Army reported that 800 acres were required for national defense, provided barracks be relocated. Despite Congressman Cole's attempts, however, the Presidio reservation remained intact.