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Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)
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Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)
Male interior Bushtit

General Description: Bushtits (Psaltriparus minimus) are tiny, fluffy gray birds with a stubbly little beaks and long tails. Males have dark eyes, but females have bright yellow eyes. Bushtits usually travel in large, noisy flocks as they forage in shrubs and low trees. Sometimes there is a bit of a brown ear patch.

There are interior and coastal forms of this species. Interior birds are more gray overall, while coastal birds have a bit of brown on the top of the head. There is also a form with a black ear patch, but that one is not seen around Las Vegas.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Aegithalidae.

Favored Habitat: Brushy desert canyons, Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands.

Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)
Female interior Bushtit

Where to Find: Bushtits are birds of brushy canyons and lower-elevation woodlands. Look for them at Willow Springs and the other canyons at Red Rocks. They seem to be nowhere, but turn up everywhere.

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Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) Female Coastal Bushtit; note the brown cap and bright yellow eye.
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) Male Coastal Bushtit; note the brown cap and dark eye.
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) If you were a tasty bug or a little spider, this might be the last face you ever see!
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)
Coastal Bushtit female
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)
Coastal Bushtit female
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Coastal Bushtit female
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Coastal Bushtit female
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Coastal Bushtit female
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Coastal Bushtit foraging in a bush
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Male interior Bushtit
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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