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Phainopepla nitens


Medium-sized songbird. Tall, wispy crest. Slender, with long tail. Male shiny black. Female all gray.


Desert, riparian woodlands, and chaparral


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology says this bird rarely drinks water, but as you can see he is at my "watering hole" for a drink of water.

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JudyCrawford 10 years ago

No, they don't have a common name. The word Phainopepla comes from the Greek for "shining robe". It is a very pretty shiney black when the sun is on it.

CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

I hope to see one someday. Anza-Borrego is on our vaca list for the spring!

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Ava T-B 10 years ago

No common name that I know of. A pair lived in my brother's old back yard near SDSU years ago, but I haven't seen them in the city since then. I've seen them out at Anza-Borrego State Park though. They have a sweet voice.

CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Nice! Is there no common name for this one?

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Arizona, USA

Spotted on Oct 15, 2011
Submitted on Oct 16, 2011

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