Saturday, December 16, 2017

Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens) - 25&28Nov2015

From Wiki:

"The phainopepla is a striking bird, 16–20 cm (6.3–7.9 in) long with a noticeable crest and a long tail; it is slender, and has an upright posture when it perches. Its bill is short and slender. The male is glossy black, and has a white wing patch that is visible when it flies; the female is plain gray and has a lighter gray wing patch. Both sexes have red eyes, but these are more noticeable in the female than the male."

These were photographed in AZ.

Female near Tucson.

Male near Tubac, AZ

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