French: Mésange arlequin German: Brillenmeise Spanish: Herrerillo embridado
Subspecies and Distribution
B. w. vandevenderi
(Rea, 1986) – SW USA (C Arizona, extreme SW New Mexico).
B. w. phillipsi
(van Rossem, 1947) – SW USA (SE Arizona) and NW Mexico (E Sonora, Chihuahua, N Sinaloa, N Durango).
B. w. wollweberi
(Bonaparte, 1850) – C & S Mexico (Sinaloa and Durango and C Nuevo León S to Michoacán and Puebla).
B. w. caliginosus
(van Rossem, 1947) – SW Mexico (Guerrero, Oaxaca).
11·5–13·5 cm; 8·8–11·7 g. Medium-sized, crested tit with black-and-white face pattern and black bib. Nominate race has upper forehead and crown grey, sides of... read more
Calls include frequently given “chick-a-dee-dee”, also metallic “psit”, sibilant “sik” or sharper “... read more
Evergreen montane forests of oak (Quercus), pine (Pinus) and juniper (... read more
Food and feeding
Diet not well known, but presumed to include small invertebrates and larvae. Food-caching recorded in captivity, but not documented for... read more
Poorly known. Season at least Apr to early Jun; probably single-brooded. Territorial during breeding. Nest an untidy mat or platform of... read more
Resident, with some short-distance descent to lower levels in non-breeding season. During Sept to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common or fairly common; locally abundant in Arizona. Some expansion of breeding range in Arizona; this countered by some withdrawal in non-breeding... read more
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