French: Tyran à gorge cendrée German: Kalifornienschopftyrann Spanish: Copetón cenizo
western Texas, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
M. c. cinerascens
(Lawrence, 1851) – W USA (C Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, W Texas) S to C Mexico (NE Jalisco, Guanajuato); winters from S USA to Honduras (rarely farther south), mainly on Pacific slope.
M. c. pertinax
S. F. Baird, 1860 – #RS Baja California (Mexico).
19–20·5 cm; 24–31 g. Has crown and upperparts drab grey, crown feathers with dark centres (creating subtle streaked appearance); face and auriculars... read more
Sharp “bik” call, also “ki-brrrnk-brr”; short, soft “prrt” in... read more
Desert scrub (chaparral, thorn-scrub), open deciduous woodland and brushy pastureland (... read more
Food and feeding
During breeding, almost solely small to medium-sized arthropods, primarily adult and larval insects; frequency of stink-bugs (Pentatomidae... read more
From Mar, laying mostly from mid-Apr; timing later in N of range; usually single-brooded, but sometimes two broods in low-elevation desert... read more
Some apparently resident in parts of extreme SE California and S Arizona, Baja California and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Estimated global population 8,900,000 individuals. Survey data show that the species increased by 94% overall between 1966... read more
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