Chickadee – Spirit Animal, Totem, Symbolism and Meaning

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Chickadees are small-sized birds from North America. They belong to the tit family. The crown of their heads and the patches on their throat are darker than the rest of their bodies.

Their name originates from the special call they produce, which sounds something like: “chick-a-dee-dee-dee”. If more than three “dee” sounds are heard, that usually means that the bird was frightened by something or someone.

Chickadees are up to 14cm in size.

Their activities are at their peak in cool weather. In the summer, these birds can be seen in deep forests. Humans don’t scare them and they are easily tamed.

The chicks grow fast, and when they are just 12 days old, they look like grown chickadees and are the same size. They leave the nest when they are 16 days old.

They are non-migratory birds. They often gather in flocks.

These birds are omnivorous. They usually feed on insects like caterpillars and insect eggs.

They are very adaptable and can be considered scavengers. They are seen feeding of dead skunks, fish or deer, and other dead animals. They eat various plants as well, like seeds, honeysuckle or blackberries. They frequently visit the feeders people leave for birds during the winter.

They are also known to stash their excess of food in different places, such as dead leaves or in hollow trees.

These birds are considered cute because of the way they look, their curiosity, and their relationships with humans. They are a combination of black, white and grey.

Both the male and the female participate in building their nests. They don’t use their old ones. They have up to eight eggs per one clutch, and they usually raise up to two broods every year.

Chickadees produce different sounds to communicate with each other. 

What does the Chickadee Symbolize?

The chickadee is a small and cute bird and has an important symbolism.

It symbolizes positivity, happiness, good luck, cheerful personality, adaptability, opportunism, opportunities, flexibility, bravery, fragility, communication, sociability, teamwork, partnership, friendship, etc.

The Native American tribes consider this bird a spiritual omen and have great respect for it.

They considered it as a symbol of truth and knowledge, as well the confirmation of the success in all of their actions.

The Cherokee tribe believed that the chickadee’s appearance means warning about some approaching danger.

The Meaning of a Chickadee as a Totem Animal

The Chickadee totem has many different meanings. Some of them are:

Sociability. Chickadees often gather in flocks and are considered sociable birds. This totem animal encourages you to socialize more. If you are a person who rather stays at home instead of going out with friends, the chickadee is asking you to change that for a bit. Devote some time to go out and have fun with your friends and meet new people as well.

With a chickadee as your totem, you could be a person who is very outgoing and sociable, and you spend much of your time hanging out with friends doing some fun activities together.

Happiness and joy. The chickadee is a symbol of happiness and joy. This totem animal reminds you to enjoy life more. It asks you to remember the reasons to be happy and express your appreciation for your blessings. It is asking you to seek joy and happiness regardless of the circumstances.

Look on the brighter side of things, the chickadee is sending you a message.

Fragility. The chickadee is a small and fragile bird, but that doesn’t stop it from living its life to the fullest. The chickadee totem is asking you to give your best in every situation regardless of your true capacity or size if that is applicable to the current circumstances.

Remember that true power lies in the little things.

Opportunism. The chickadee doesn’t miss a chance to get some food. It even turns into a scavenger eating the leftovers of other animals. This totem animal is teaching you to use every opportunity that comes your way. You need to be alert and awake to see the opportunity before others do.

If you have the chickadee as your totem, you might be a true opportunist who never misses a chance.

Chickadee as Your Totem Animal

People with a chickadee as their totem animal are cheerful and have a positive and optimistic nature. You are usually protected and cared for by the people who love you.

You usually have many friends and acquaintances, and you all enjoy each other’s company. People enjoy spending time in your company.

You love fun activities and you are always up for an adventure. With this bird as your totem, you are a wise and spiritual human being. You are not afraid to express your opinion and you always speak the truth.

You are sincere and honest, and people appreciate you for these traits. You know that the greatest pleasure comes from small things and attention

Sometimes people with a chickadee as their totem have a beautiful voice.

What if a Chickadee Appears in Your Life?

A chickadee appearing in your life is usually a sign of good luck and announces some good times are coming. Chickadees in your life are also a sign of happiness and satisfaction with your life’s circumstances.

This bird appearing in your life might be a calling to relax and enjoy life more. It calls you to be happy for the blessings you have in life. It is calling you to spend more time with friends and family and enjoy their presence.

The chickadee appears to help you understand some truth in a situation. It could also be an encouragement to speak about something or express your opinion to someone openly.

When to call on a Chickadee?

You should call on the chickadee totem when:

  • You need support to be open and honest in some situation;
  • You want to have the courage to tell the truth to someone;
  • You want to be more appreciative of the blessings you have as well as the small things that make life beautiful;

Dreams about Chickadees – Interpretation and Meaning

Dreaming of chickadees is usually a good dream omen. It signifies good luck and fortunate period of your life approaching.

Expect success of your current endeavors.

If the bird was singing in your dream, that dream could announce encountering someone who will awaken your interest. This person might become someone significant in your life and bring happiness to you.

This dream is a good omen for the beginning of new business endeavors, which are likely to be a success.

If the chickadee was dead in your dream, that dream is not a good sign, and usually represents a warning about a possible danger you could soon encounter.

It could also indicate being surrounded by enemies.