ID Info
Silhouette PhainopeplaPhainopepla


Phainopepla nitens
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Ptiliogonatidae
Basic Description

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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Other Names
  • Capulinero Negro (Spanish)
  • Phénopèple luisant (French)
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