Living Bird Magazine
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Remizidae
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.More ID Info
- Pájaro Moscón Baloncito (Spanish)
- Auripare verdin (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Verdin builds nests for both breeding and roosting; roosting nests are much smaller. The outer stick shell is constructed mostly by the male, while the female does most of the lining.
- The Verdin's roosting nests help it stay warm in winter. Winter roosting nests have thicker insulation, and may reduce energy requirements for thermoregulation by as much as 50 percent.
- The Verdin builds roosting nests all year round. One pair of Verdins in Arizona was observed building 11 nests in one year.
- During the heat of the desert summer, the Verdin rests quietly in the shaded interior of a shrub, sometimes panting or spreading its wings. Nests built in summer open toward prevailing winds, perhaps to aid in cooling.
- The oldest recorded Verdin was at least 5 years, 7 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations.