These tiny desert birds, rarely seen drinking, are thought to obtain moisture from insects, seeds, and berries.
Pale gray upperparts. Whitish underparts. Yellow face, crown, and throat. Black lores. Chestnut-brown shoulders. Short, thin, black bill. Juveniles lack both the yellow head and chestnut-brown shoulders. Sexes similar. 4 to 4.5 inches in length.
Low desert scrub.
3-5 greenish eggs with spots. The eggs have a 10 day incubation period. Fledging occurs in 21 days. The nest is a hanging structure lined with feathers and grass and has a side entrance hole. The nest is typically built among the spiny branches of a cholla cactus or mesquite tree.
- Agua Caliente Campground, Anza Borrego State Park
- Tamarisk Grove Campground, Anza Borrego Desert State Park