Phainopepla

Other Names: Northern Phainopepla

Distribution: southwestern United States and western Mexico.

Phainopepla distribution range map

Description:

Size: 18-21 cm in length with a 27-32 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Slender and elegant profile, with a conspicuous crest, longish tail, and upright posture. Males are glossy black, with two white wing patches that show only in flight. Females and juveniles are uniform gray with pale wing patches. The beak and legs are black and the eyes are red.

Species image
Phainopepla

Phainopepla

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Regions
arizona
baja california
california
colorado
kansas
massachusetts
mexico
nebraska
nevada
new mexico
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
rhodeisland
texas
utah
washington
wisconsin
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Sounds
buzzing
Habitat
mesquitebosque
riparianorriverforest
shrubs
coasts
Deserts
Forests
Color
sheen
black
gray
Body Shape
perching
Size
medium
small
Order
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
silky flycatchers - ptilogonatidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species