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The flock claims a feeding territory, which they defend from other chickadees. Chickadees do not share food or preen each other, but they seem to like to be together. As they are foraging, they continually give “tsee tsee” calls to help them stay in contact with the group. Observers believe that the winter foraging flock helps chickadees find and protect enough food sources to survive the winter. migrAting flockS Some birds form flocks for traveling, or migration. Geese fly to and from their winter homes in tight V-shaped formations.

They are all grown offspring of the queen. Soldiers defend the burrow and tunnels from predators, such as snakes, and from other naked mole rats. workers clean the burrow, search for food, and feed the queen and the young. when a worker has tunneled to a good food source (such as a giant underground root), it bites off a piece and races back to the colony. there, it chirps and waves the bite in the air. the other workers pick up the scent and follow the discoverer back to the food. they harvest it, return with it to the burrow, and share the food with the colony.

When the eggs hatch, both parents feed and protect the young. Their grown offspring are helpers. They assist in feeding the newly hatched young and continue to do so even when the young leave the nest, or fledge. Throughout the summer, all the family members forage together. They also concentrate on feeding and caring for the young. The group defines and protects a territory, both from other crows and from predators. If a snake is spotted, for instance, the family mobs it until it leaves, shrieking and dive-bombing it.

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