VERDIN


Auriparus flaviceps


Description:

These tiny desert birds, rarely seen drinking, are thought to obtain moisture from insects, seeds, and berries.


Appearance:

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.


Habitat:

Low desert scrub.


Nesting:

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.


Observed Locations:

  • Agua Caliente Campground, Anza Borrego State Park
  • Tamarisk Grove Campground, Anza Borrego Desert State Park





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