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I watched this little verdin and his mate for about half a hour building their nest.
. The Verdin will often inhabit many Southwestern municipal areas.
The Verdin is a small bird with a gray back, white stomach and chest, a yellow head and throat, and a cinnamon spot on its wings. The young birds do not have the yellow and cinnamon colors like the adults.
Usually during the year the Verdins are tolerant of people except the during the nesting season. Other than when the Verdins pair up for nesting they usually go their own way by themselves.
Despite its little size it constructs an outstandingly large nest. The Verdin's nest is big and awkward, and a spectacle of bird architecture. Birders look at the ends of the branches of low, prickly trees or shrubs for the Verdin's nest. They also look for the nest in cacti and thorny bushes that grow in their chosen habitat. Usually when a bird watcher sees the Verdins carrying nesting material it is a sure sign they will lay eggs in the nest soon.
The nest is round, with a long neck similar in shape to a bottle. The Verdin The Verdins live in the nests during the cold winter desert months.
Also by Tammy Espino
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