Primarily feeds on insects, which they glean from foliage while climbing around on tree limbs.
General: 4 to 5 inches in length.
Adult Male: Gray upperparts. White underparts. Black streaks on back and flanks. Black crown, cheeks, and throat. Remainder of the head is white. Yellow spot on lores. 2 white wing bars. White outer tail feathers. Thin, black pointed bill. Black legs.
Female, Basic, and Immature: Plumage is similar to adult male, except it has a white throat and dark gray crown and cheeks, instead of black.
Coniferous forest or mixed woods, dry scrub oak, pinyon pine, juniper, chaparral, and other low brushy areas.
3-5 creamy-white colored eggs with brown splotches. They have an incubation period of ? days. Fledging occurs ? days after hatching. The nest is tightly woven plant-fiber cup, built no more than 10 feet up in a bush or tree.
- Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego
- Robinson's cabin, Palomar Mountain
- Santee Lakes, Santee
- Kitchen Creek Road, Mount Laguna