Verdin is a small but tough bird of the dry hot deserts of western Mexico
and the southwestern United States. Their nests are seen more often
than the birds themselves, as the large globe-shaped structures seem
out-of-balance for such a small bird. It is among the smallest of
North American songbirds.
Habitat: Found in a variety of hot brushy
habitats, including mequite stands, acacia, and other shrubs. They are
often found in shrubby riparian zones or other shrubs near water.
Diet: Feeds heavily on insects and spiders, but
also takes fruits, berries and seeds. They will often visit flowers to
Behavior: Most foraging is done by climbing
through the foliage of shrubs and low trees, gleaning insects from branches
and foliage. They often will hang upside down like a chickadee while
foraging. They will less frequently "fly-catch", flying out to capture
flying insects in mid-air.
Nesting: The nest of a Verdin is large, round, and
hollow, with an entrance placed towards the bottom. It is built of
sticks and twigs with an interior lined with softer leaves, grasses, down,
and spider webs. The female alone incubates the eggs, but both the
male and female will feed and tend to the young after hatching.
Song: Has a variety of high-pitched calls and
Migration: Considered a permanent resident
throughout its range.
Generally distinctive if seen well.
Feeders: Will attend hummingbird feeders for
sugar water. Will also attend feeders for various seeds.
Photo Information: Photo taken on December 10th,
2010 - Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Arizona - Terry Sohl