French: Mésange grise German: Grauflankenmeise Spanish: Carbonero mexicano
El Jacale, southern Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. eidos
(J. L. Peters, 1927) – extreme S USA (SE Arizona, SW New Mexico) and N Mexico (N & C Sierra Madre).
P. s. sclateri
(O. Kleinschmidt, 1897) – C Mexico (C & S Sierra Madre).
P. s. garzai
(A. R. Phillips, 1986) – NE Mexico.
P. s. rayi
(A. H. Miller & Storer, 1950) – S Mexico.
12·5–13·5 cm; 7·5–11 g. Medium-sized, black-capped chickadee with olive-grey upperparts. Nominate race has forehead to crown (including eye... read more
Calls include drawn-out, buzzy and insect-like “szree” or “szree-szree” or... read more
Open montane conifer forests and deciduous woodland. In Mexico breeds principally in oak (... read more
Food and feeding
Details of diet not well known, presumably includes small invertebrates and larvae, also some seeds. Storing of food by captives documented... read more
Not well known. Season early Apr to mid-Jun; probably single-brooded. Monogamous. Courtship includes crouching and begging actions with... read more
Resident, but some move altitudinally to lower levels from mid-Aug onwards; has wandered slightly N... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally abundant in most of Mexican range, but uncommon in S Oaxaca; in USA, common in Arizona and uncommon in New Mexico. Total population... read more
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