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Bushtit

Psaltriparus minimus

Bushtit
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 5 in. (11 cm)
Often traveling together in large family groups of up to 30 or 40, the Bushtit attracts many other species that form mixed foraging flocks in a wide range of open wet to dry forest types. The food is primarily small insects gleaned from leaves and vegetation. Their conspicuous hanging nest looks like a gourd woven with twigs, moss, lichens, grass and spider webbing. Although one pair lays the eggs, many other individuals help feed the young. The four-digit banding code is BUSH.
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Female
copyright Oliver Niehuis

Chaparral
Chaparral

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Shrubs
Shrubs

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Male
Twittering (sound type)
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Male
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