|Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps)|
DESCRIPTION: L=4.5" (11cm), smaller than some hummingbirds. Sexes similar. Overall gray with yellow head and throat and rufous-colored shoulder patch. Song is composed of three notes, the second one higher pitched. Call is a rapid series of "chip" notes.
NATURAL HISTORY: Typical nest is oval ball of twigs with hole at one end, usually facing toward wind when built during warm months (for cooling) and away from wind when built during cool months. Male builds several nests, and female selects which nest to use for egg-laying. Build other nests for roosting. Diet consists of small arthropods, fruits, berries, and seeds.