Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of two small, long-tailed birds (Psaltriparus minimus or P. melanotis) of western North America, having predominantly gray plumage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A North American long-tailed tit, of the genus Psaltriparus, that has mostly grey plumage

Etymologies

bush +‎ tit (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The most abundant resident birds are the bushtit, pinyon jay, plain titmouse, black-chinned hummingbird, Woodhouse's jay, red-tailed hawk, golden eagle, red-shafted flicker, and rock wren.

    Colorado Plateau Semidesert Province (Bailey)

  • The most common birds seen in the dry summer season are wrentit, common bushtit, and rufous-sided towhee.

    California Coastal Range Open Woodland-Shrub-Coniferous Forest - Meadow Province (Bailey)

  • So I just spellchecked something I'm working on, and spellcheck flagged the word "bullshit" and wanted to replace it with the word "bushtit."

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • Several times I've been down there I go "down" the main part of my flower garden and I've heard that unmistakeable squeak like a bushtit on steroids and it's come and posed and flashed its colours at me and of course I haven't had my camera with me.

    Photographing birds

  • Not to mention the bird that's got it all, the bushtit … pete Says:

    Think Progress

  • Our capital city is also full of bushtit, if you change spelling a bit.

    Toronto Sun

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  • These little birds come in droves to the suet feeders in my backyard. Visitors often ask me what they are and turn bright red when I tell them. I've resorted to calling them "bushtips" in certain company. This works well, because they often use my rhododendron bushes as staging areas for rapid-strike missions on the suet.

    December 7, 2007