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Phainopepla (Female)

Phainopepla nitens


The Phainopepla is a striking songbird with a noticeable crest and a long tail; it is slender, and has an upright posture when it perches. Its bill is short and slender. The female is a plain gray whereas the male is glossy black, both sexes have red eyes.


Spotted at Whittier Narrows Nature Center.

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Hi Emma, Ava's right about the Phainopepla being closer to a Robin: the Phainopepla generally measures 7¾" while the Robin measures around 10". We hope you are able to spot one, they really are gorgeous. :)

And thanks Ava T-B. :)

Hema 8 years ago

Thanks Ava,they do look beautiful Would like to spot one,

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Emma, it's more robin sized. They are beautiful birds with an amazing red eye and a lovely song.

Hema 8 years ago

How big is this bird in relation to a sparrow and a robin?

Los Angeles, California, USA

Spotted on Apr 15, 2012
Submitted on Apr 17, 2012

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