French: Auripare verdin German: Goldkopf-Beutelmeise Spanish: Pájaro moscón baloncito
Aegithalus [sic] flaviceps
“California” = Baja California, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
A. f. acaciarum
Grinnell, 1931 – SW USA (SE California, S Nevada, SW Utah, Colorado Valley of W Arizona, and SW New Mexico) and NW Mexico (S to S Baja California Norte, C Sonora, WC Chihuahua and C Durango).
A. f. ornatus
(Lawrence, 1851) – S USA (SE Arizona, S & C New Mexico, Texas and SW Oklahoma) and NE Mexico (NE Sonora, N Chihuahua, Coahuila, N San Luis Potosí and CS Tamaulipas).
A. f. flaviceps
(Sundevall, 1850) – NW Mexico (C Baja California, S Sonora and N Sinaloa).
A. f. lamprocephalus
Oberholser, 1897 – NW Mexico (S Baja California).
A. f. sinaloae
A. R. Phillips, 1986 – NW Mexico (NW Sinaloa).
A. f. hidalgensis
A. R. Phillips, 1986 – NC Mexico (NE Jalisco, SC Guanajuato, S San Luis Potosí and C Hidalgo).
10–11 cm; 6–8 g. A small dull grey tit-like passerine with small but quite stout, conical, sharply pointed bill and quite stout legs and feet. Male nominate race... read more
Usual call a sharp, loud “chip” or “tschk” (has been likened to sound made... read more
Desert scrub, especially woody bushes and thickets along dry watercourses. Prefers low-lying flat... read more
Food and feeding
Small invertebrates, chiefly insects and spiders (Araneae); in autumn and winter small berries an important component of diet, especially... read more
Season early Mar to Jun in much of range, in Arizona and Texas sometimes late Feb and continuing to Aug/Sept; at least two broods in a... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Patchily common over most of range, especially in Sonora and Baja California (Mexico) and in Arizona (USA), where considered to have increased with... read more
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!