S.F. Baird, 1864
The Verdin is a very small bird. At 4.5 inches in length, it rivals the American Bushtit as one of the smallest passerines in North America. It is gray overall, and adults have a bright yellow head and rufous "shoulder patch" (the lesser coverts). Unlike the tits, it has a sharply pointed bill.
Verdins are insectivorous, continuously foraging among the desert trees and scrubs. They are usually solitary except when they pair up to construct their conspicuous nests. Verdins occasionally try to obtain tidbits of dried sugar water from hummingbird feeders.
Verdins are permanent residents of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, ranging from southeastern California to Texas, throughout Baja California and into central Mexico, north of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt.
- Photo; Article w/Synopsis dwrcdc.nr.Utah.gov, "Verdin", @ Division of Wildlife Resources
- Photo; Article & synopsis "Verdin", at imperial.cc.ca.us-(Imperial Community College, California)
- Verdin photo gallery VIREO
- Audio recordings of Auriparus flaviceps on Xeno-canto.
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