Definitions for verdinˈvɜr dn
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a small, yellow-headed songbird, Auriparus flaviceps, of arid regions of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.
Origin of verdin:
1880–85; < F
verdin, Auriparus flaviceps(noun)
very small yellow-headed titmouse of western North America
a small yellow-headed bird (Auriparus flaviceps) of Lower California, allied to the titmice; -- called also goldtit
The Verdin is a species of penduline tit. It is the only species in the genus Auriparus, and the only species in the family to be found in the New World. The Verdin is a very small bird. At 4.5 inches in length, it rivals the American Bushtit as one of the smallest passerines in North America. It is gray overall, and adults have a bright yellow head and rufous "shoulder patch". Unlike the tits, it has a sharply pointed bill. Verdins are insectivorous, continuously foraging among the desert trees and scrubs. They are usually solitary except when they pair up to construct their conspicuous nests. Verdins occasionally try to obtain tidbits of dried sugar water from hummingbird feeders. Verdins are permanent residents of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, ranging from southeastern California to Texas, throughout Baja California and into central Mexico, north of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt.
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