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Verdin

Auriparus flaviceps ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: REMIZIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A tiny, active songbird of the arid southwestern United States and northern Mexico, the Verdin is the only North American member of the penduline-tit family (Remizidae). Vocal and often conspicuous despite its size, it builds a large enclosed nest in thorny scrub.

Appearance

Chickadeelike
Chickadeelike
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small songbird.
  • Gray body.
  • Yellow face.

Immature Description

Plain gray, including face. Base of bill pinkish yellow.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Lucy's Warbler similar to juvenile Verdin, but bill is thinner and dark, without pinkish yellow base.
  • Bushtit has smaller, blunter bill and longer tail.
  • Gnatcatchers have longer tails with black-and-white markings.

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