Phainopepla

Phainopepla nitens  - year-round/summer - eats mistletoe berries, other berries, insects on the fly

Phainopepla nitens

Above, a female 1/23/2012. Below, a male in a canyon not far from my home. A unique and beautiful bird. The name "Phainopepla" (pronounced fay-no-PEP-la) comes from the Greek for "shining robe," a fitting characterization of the shiny, jet-black plumage of the adult male. The female is gray.

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