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  • n. A small crested passerine bird, Phainopepla nitens.

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  • n. A small crested passerine bird (Phaïnopepla nitens), native of Mexico and the Southern United States. The adult male is of a uniform glossy blue-black; the female is brownish. Called also black flycatcher.


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Ancient Greek φαίνω ("shine") + πέπλος ("robe")


  • A black bird, a phainopepla, rocketed past and alighted on a trembling mesquite bush.

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  • Among the bird species found here are the sanguaro-inhabiting cactus wren (Calypte costae), black-tailed gnatcatcher (Polioptila melanura), phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens), Gila woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygualis), and Costa's hummingbird (Calypte costae).

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  • Bird. Male is shiny black; white wing patch conspicuous in flight. In both sexes, not distinct crest, long tail, red eyes. Juvenile resembles adult female, but has browner eyes; both have gray patches. Young males acquire patchy black in fall. Distinctive call note is a querulous, low-pitched, whistled *wurp?* Song is a warble, seldom heard. Flight is fluttery but direct, and often very high. Range: phainopeplas nest in early spring in mesquite brushlands, feeding chiefly on insects, mistletoe berries. In late spring they move into cooler, wetter habitat and raise a second brood. Rare postbreeding wanderers north and east of mapped range. Accidental in eastern North America. (_Field Guide to the Birds of North America_, 3rd Ed. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 1999, p. 364)

    February 2, 2007