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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.

Calls

  • Song, calls
     
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Call a rising "wurp." Song complex, with at least 14 different identifiable elements, though notes and phrases often seem weak and disjointed. Includes a sprightly, whistled "wheeda-lay"

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