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Wrentit Chamaea fasciata


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Family: Timaliidae, Wrentits view all from this family

Description ADULT From north of range typically has mostly brownish upperparts including tail, grading to grayish on crown and face; note the hint of a pale supercilium. Throat is pinkish buff and streaked, and underparts are otherwise streaked pinkish buff grading to gray-buff on flanks. Legs and short, pointed bill are dark. From south of range has plumage that is grayer overall, both above and below. JUVENILE Similar to adult.

Dimensions Length: 6-6 1/2" (15-17 cm)

Habitat Common and rather sedentary resident of chaparral woodland.

Observation Tips Skulking habits mean that patience is often needed to get a good, prolonged view.

Range California, Northwest

Voice Song of male is an accelerating series of abrupt whistles, ending in a trill; that of female is more even and without the trill. All birds utter a rattling call.

Discussion Charming little bird that is rather secretive and unobtrusive for much of the time. Recognized by its squat body, proportionately large head and short wings, and relatively long tail that is often cocked. Pale iris is also distinctive. Sexes are similar, but color tone of plumage varies subtly throughout the species' range.