Utah Bird Profile
 Verdin - Auriparus flaviceps

Name Roots: (L. aurum, "gold"; parus, "a titmouse" - flaviceps, "yellow head")

In Utah:  
by Jeff Cooper

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characteristic behaviors:
Nests in a shrub or in a cactus at a height of 2-20 feet, in a spherical nest. This species is not a cowbird host. During the breeding season, this species is an insectivore: lower-canopy gleaner. During the non-breeding seasons this species is an omnivore: lower-canopy forager.
Habitat: Brushy desert habitats containing a mixture of mesquite, acacia and rabbitbrush
    Breeds in Utah in low desert scrub and lowland riparian habitats.
How to find: A quick perusal of field guide range maps indicates a trip south to Washington County is necessary in order to add this bird to your list. In my earlier years of birding I could always count on finding this species in the Beaver Dam Wash in the extreme southwestern corner of Utah. But now, either I am much more aware of it in other areas, or it has extended its range, it can be found along the Virgin River and its tributaries, in Middleton (area between St. George and Washington), golf courses, and other suitable brushy desert habitats containing a mixture of mesquite, acacia and rabbitbrush. It is an active bird, doesn’t stay in one place very long and is usually solitary. ~Merrill Webb

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