in her craw - May 26, 2003 - Butterfield Canyon, Salt
Lake County, Utah - © NJDavis
4.75 WS6, Short Tail often cocked, upperparts unstreaked and grayish
faint buffy eyebrow, underparts grayish white with some buffy barring
flanks. There are shading differences between Eastern, Western,
Arizona and populations in Mexico.
is at the edge of rural or suburban woods and mountain forests,
and aspen groves. Male establishes a small breeding territory by
from exposed perches and putting sticks in prospective nest
When a female enters the territory, his song becomes high and squeaky
he vibrates his wings. After pairing the female chooses one of
nests, adds lining and lays 5-6 brown-marked white eggs. The male
feeds her while she incubates. They are aggressive to other
species and may destroy their eggs and young. May use nest box.
1-2 broods, Incubation 12-15 days.