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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

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?

Jerry Garica was a founding member of the Grateful Dead.

A young Jerry Garcia was stationed at the Presidio during his brief service in the U.S. Army. Over the course of his nine-month career, Garcia went AWOL eight times and received two court-martials.