black cap, chin, and throat; white face (Georgia, USA; 2009-05-12)

Carolina Chickadee
Poecile carolinensis

Native Range: North America

Notes: despite its slightly smaller size, this bird of mixed forests in the southeastern USA looks nearly identical to the Black-capped Chickadee in overall appearance and plumage; nevertheless, genetic data have shown that these two species are evolutionarily distinct and (surprisingly) are not even one another's closest living relatives.

whitish-gray underparts (Georgia, USA; 2009-05-12)

often forages at bird feeders (Georgia, USA; 2009-05-12)

like a dimunitive Black-capped Chickadee (Georgia, USA; 2009-05-12)
at the feeder (Georgia, USA; 2011-12-21)