Family Penduline-tits (Remizidae)

Least Concern

Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps)


French: Auripare verdin German: Goldkopf-Beutelmeise Spanish: Pájaro moscón baloncito

Aegithalus [sic] flaviceps


, 1850,

“California” = Baja California, Mexico


Geographical variation confusing, and somewhat clinal, with several races intergrading; number of races might be reduced following taxonomic review. Birds in SW New Mexico (SW USA) and C Durango (NC Mexico) of uncertain race, provisionally included in acaciarum. Proposed race fraterculus (S Sonora, Mexico) synonymized with nominate. Six subspecies recognized.

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).
  • Descriptive notes

    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


    Basically sedentary.

    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

    Recommended citation

    Madge, S. (2019). Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 February 2019).