adult; no sexual dimorphism (California, USA; 2006-11-04)

Chamaea fasciata

Native Range: North America

Notes: a bird whose precise evolutionary relationships have long puzzled ornithologists; common inhabitant of chaparral and brushy slopes, where this secretive bird is heard far more often than seen; song an accelerating descending trill.

frontal view; cocked tail and pert attitude (California, USA; 2007-04-29)

white eyebrow, slightly decurved bill (California, USA; 2007-04-29)

lightly streaked underparts (California, USA; 2006-09-17)

juvenile (California, USA; 2009-06-28)

white iris, plain brown upperparts (California, USA; 2006-11-04)

long tail (California, USA; 2006-07-30)

nest made of woven grasses (California, USA; 2006-05-13)

posing for a picture (California, USA; 2006-07-30)