The bird chestnut-backed is a diminutive passerine bird of the tit family, Paridae, in the order Charadriiformes. It is one of two distinctly North American birds of this genus with the second being the woodpecker or woodpeckeroot, which has a very similar upper torso to the chestnut backed. In addition, both are small to about 4 inches long.
The first recorded appearance of this tiny bird was in the Milledgeville, Georgia area in 1820. It is not certain exactly where, but it was recorded while at the Duley Run Birding Station near the Little Rock River. This tiny bird was not only recorded by the naturalist who recorded it, but was also taken as a prize sacrifice by one of the local trappers. This shows that these little birds were fairly common at this time. The name of this specimen was unknown at this time. It was later given by a well-known naturalist, Mr. Wm. Soddy, in his ornithology, and is called by that name.
The neck of this bird is greatly expanded, which gives an otherwise ordinary looking bird a regal look. Its chestnut brown-orange color is marked with black dots and white flecks, on its back and its crest and backside are black with white heads and necks. On the face of this bird you can see a long thin throat and short stout black beak. Its legs appear short and fat.
This small bird loves to hide in tree branches and birdhouses. During the breeding season it prefers to nest close to the base of a tree, but will nest almost anywhere. During the winter it moves to the underside of trees and is very active in the spring.
A bird watcher at night may see a swallow or other small bird alight on a tree. But this bird does not always mean a visitor or even a friend. On rare occasions this bird can be a nuisance and a pest. If you see one, try to get up quickly before it takes off for good. Its wings may be spread widely apart. Its calls are distinctive and it is easy to tell what sort of bird it is.
If you like to go out into the wild and take a walk at night, this bird can be a great companion. You will enjoy watching it fly through the forest. And if it happens to fall into your feeder, don't be alarmed. Its sharp beak will keep the insect out.
If you have an area where you can easily view birds when you are driving through it, this is an ideal bird for you. It will sing to you constantly. You will hear it in the trees, in the woods and out on a clear night. It will sing continually all night long. And, you will definitely be glad that you have it in your garden.
To attract more species of this bird, plant a mixture of woody and flowering shrubs around it. This will create a habitat for nesting. The chestnut is a quick eater and a scavenger, so it will also eat out of your feeder. This bird truly deserves its name.
It is a natural for bird watchers to watch the antics of this bird. Its brilliant colors and brilliant behavior make it a fascinating spectacle to behold. Many people are fascinated by it. Some even say it is one of nature's wonders.
Some people even think it is responsible for the spring breeding of butterflies. I believe it is, although not in the way the crow or red-winged blackbirds are. Those species are merely attracted to our homes in the spring time. But, what these little ones are doing is adding to the color of the bird population. In fact, they do a better job of it than the crows, grays and other brightly colored birds that do similar things.
The chestnut-back also has a unique and interesting way of eating. It takes to the feeding dish by ripping it apart with its beak. This action is similar to the way a cat uses its claws to play with its prey. Then, it uses its beak to tear into the meat of the bird and sucks all the juices out.
It is amazing to note that these little things are almost invisibly in our backyards. They feed on our food, drink our water and generally add to the beautiful garden landscape. And they are so subtle. One wouldn't guess that such a tiny bird would be responsible for an entire industry.