Auriparus flaviceps
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Length: 5 in. (11 cm )
Tiny but common throughout desert areas of the southwest, the Verdin is more often heard than seen. It is bold and constantly moving in search of insects and, in season, flower nectar. It also readily comes to hummingbird feeders and orange halves in suburban areas. The spherical nest is huge for such a small bird and made of thorny twigs, leaves and grass all tied together with spider webbing. These nest are also used in the winter as night time roosts to keep warm in.

The four-digit banding code is VERD.

Female | Oliver Niehuis

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Female | CJ Kazilek


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Bird Sound Type: Chirping
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Verdin
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: December 6, 2022
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