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Phainopepla

Phainopepla nitens ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: PTILOGONATIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A crested songbird of the deserts and arid woodlands of the southwestern United States and Mexico, the Phainopepla is unique in taxonomy, distribution, and behavior. It is particularly notable for its enigmatic pattern of breeding twice each year, in two different habitats.

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Appearance

Flycatcherlike
Flycatcherlike
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Medium-sized songbird.
  • Tall, wispy crest.
  • Slender, with long tail.
  • Male shiny black.
  • Female all gray.

Immature Description

Immature resembles adult female, but more brownish, and with brown eyes.

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