BUSHTIT


Psaltriparus minimus


Description:

These small birds constantly chatter as they travel around bushes and trees in small social groups. Bushtits are easily distinguished by their odd feeding behavior. While foraging for insects they hang upside down and stretch and reach in all sorts of odd positions. Has a tsip call.


Appearance:

Gray on top, light underneath. Small conical bill and relatively long tail. Brown crown and pale ear patch. 3.5 to 4 inches in length.


Habitat:

Bushlands, forests, chaparral, and thickets.


Nesting:

5-15 white eggs with an incubation period of approximately 12 days. Fledging occurs 14-15 days after hatching. The gourd shaped nest hangs from a tree or bush and is made from soft plant wool and lichens. The nest has a side entrance near the top.


Observed Locations:

  • Lake Murray, La Mesa
  • Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego
  • Throughout the county





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