French: Mésange des genévriers German: Wacholdermeise Spanish: Herrerillo de Ridgway
Parus inornatus ridgwayi
Iron City, Utah, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
B. r. zaleptus
Oberholser, 1932 – W USA (SE Oregon, E California, W Nevada).
B. r. ridgwayi
(Richmond, 1902) – WC USA (S Idaho E to Colorado and extreme W Oklahoma, S to SE Arizona, New Mexico and extreme W Texas) and extreme N Mexico (NE Sonora).
15–16 cm; 15·2–23·1 g. Large tit with short crest, grey upperparts and whitish underparts. Nominate race has crown, crest and upperparts, including... read more
Calls include soft “tup”, thin “sit” and scolding “churrrrrrrrrr... read more
Breeds in pinyon-juniper (Pinus-Juniperus) woodland, occasionally with oak (... read more
Food and feeding
Food includes small invertebrates and larvae; also acorns, leaf buds and some fruit, principally berries. Usually solitary or in pairs,... read more
Not well documented. Season mid-Apr to late Jul. Nest made mostly of hair, grass, bark, moss and rootlets; placed 0·3–3... read more
Mainly resident. Some, probably juveniles, make short-distance movements in Sept–Mar to lower... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally rather local or uncommon; rare in N Mexico (Sonora).
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