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I saw this bird today, walking along local streets in Northern New Jersey. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

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It's a chickadee.  Are Black-capped more likely than Carolinas there?

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Yes... in north NJ the default species is Black-capped and in central NJ is where the hybrid zone is and the switch over to Carolinas starts. I guess it would depend on one's definition of north NJ as well.

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From a plumage standpoint, this appears to be a pure Black-capped.

Note the bulky appearance, extensive white cheek patch, and strongly white-edged wing coverts and primaries that contrast greatly with the black tertials.

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How bulky do you want it to be? It is still a Chickadee.

I agree with Black-capped

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