male; dark iris (California, USA; 2006-05-21)

American Bushtit
Psaltriparus minimus

Native Range: North America and Middle America

Notes: tiny and mouselike; almost always travels in chattering groups of 15-30 birds through brush or chaparral; large and distinctive gourd-shaped nest sexes distinguishable by eye color.

male (California, USA; 2007-11-18)
female spread-eagled; white iris (California, USA; 2007-04-28)

female (California, USA; 2007-09-27)

gourd-shaped nest (California, USA; 2011-04-16)

male in flight (British Columbia, Canada; 2006-07-25)

female posing for camera (California, USA; 2007-09-27)