WRENTIT


Chamaea fasciata


Description:

These quick little shrub dwelling birds are more often heard than seen. They spend their entire life in the region they choose during the first year of their life. Wrentits often hop around a bush with their tail in a cocked position. They feed on fruit and insects.


Appearance:

Gray-brown head, flanks, and upperparts. Pale buff throat and breast with weak, thin gray stripes. Yellow eye. Long, thin tail with rounded tip often held in a cocked position. Large head. Sexes similar. 5.25 to 6 inches in length.


Habitat:

Chaparral and shrubs.


Nesting:

3-5 greenish-blue eggs with a 15-16 day incubation period. Fledging occurs 15-16 days after hatching. The nest is an open cup made from bark fiber and cobwebs. The nest is built low in a bush.


Observed Locations:

  • Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla
  • FRNC, Point Loma
  • Cowles Mountain, Del Cerro


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