yellow head and face, grayish body (California, USA; 2007-04-21)

Auriparus flaviceps

Native Range: North America and Middle America

Notes: a chickadee-like bird of arid brushlands and deserts; gleans insects from twigs and flowers as it move about singly or in pairs; builds a globular grapefruit-sized nest of sticks.

reddish shoulder patch (California, USA; 2007-02-03)

dorsal view; darker brownish-gray above (California, USA; 2007-04-21)

no sexual dimorphism (California, USA; 2007-04-21)
inhabits dry brushy environs in arid deserts (California, USA; 2007-04-21)

globular nest constructed in low bushes (California, USA; 2007-02-03)

perched on a tree-tip (California, USA; 2010-03-14)

posing for a portrait (Arizona, USA; 2012-04-27)