Verdin

Auriparus flaviceps

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Verdins (Remizidae)

Code 4

VERD

Code 6

AURFLA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Verdin has a large range, estimated globally at 1,800,000 square kilometers. Native to the United States and Mexico, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical shrubland ecosystems as well as dry savannas or hot deserts. The global population of this bird is estimated at 8,900,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Verdin is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Verdin: Very small songbird with gray upperparts and pale gray underparts. Face and throat are dull yellow. Wings are gray with red-brown shoulder patches. Black bill, legs and feet. It builds complex sphere-shaped nests using as many as two thousands small twigs.

 

Range and Habitat

Verdin: This species is a resident in the deserts of southwestern North America, from southern California, extreme southern Nevada eastward to central Texas and southward to central Mexico and the Baja Peninsula. Its preferred habitat is desert scrub, especially along washes where thorny vegetation is present.

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Verdin SONGS AND CALLS

Verdin A1

Rapid series of calls given in alarm.

Verdin A2

Call note is a repeated "tseet".

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Voice Text

"tswee-swee, tswee", "tea-nip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • At 4.5 inches in length, it rivals the Bushtit as one of the smallest passerines in North America.
  • Nests built in summer open toward prevailing winds, perhaps to aid in cooling.
  • The roosting nests help it stay warm in winter. Winter roosting nests have thicker insulation, and may reduce energy requirements for thermoregulation by as much as 50 percent.
  • The Verdin builds nests for both breeding and roosting; roosting nests are much smaller. The outer stick shell is constructed mostly by the male, while the female does most of the lining.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Samira Belous

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
ShoulderX
The short feathers overlying the median secondary coverts on the top of the wing. They are located near the back and can be seen as the “first row” of feathers on the birds wing. They are also called marginal coverts and lesser secondary coverts.
RiparianX
Relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater. 
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X