Other Names: Northern Phainopepla
Distribution: southwestern United States and western Mexico.
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.