American Bushtit

General description.

The plump "Bushtit's" loose feathers make this bird look like a "fluff ball". Their bills are small, black and conical; legs are long and slender. The coastal "Bushtit" has a brown head.

Female appearance.

While the male has dark eyes, the female "Bushtit" has pale ones.

Juvenile appearance.

Similar to adults.

Breeding habits.

The "American Bushtit" breeds in British Columbia.

Calls or song.

These very vocal birds call constantly in a sharp, twittering "tsip-tsip-tsip".

Population and distribution.

The "American Bushtit" resides, year round, in forested mountains, woodland and chaparral of the West Coast States, as well as the southwest area of the country. Flocks as large as 40 birds, forage together among shrubs, and land on the flimsiest branches, often hanging upside down to catch insects. Their population seems to be stable within the United States, for they have a variety of habitats, often visiting back yards and gardens. They will winter as far south as Mexico and Guatemala.

Nesting habits.

The "American Bushtit" will nest from low in a bush to high in a tree. She builds a gourd shaped nest of vegetation held together by spiderwebs, with an entrance near the top. In this enclosure, the "Bushtit" lays 5-7 tiny eggs.

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