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A small gray bird (Auriparus flaviceps) of arid regions of Mexico and the southwest United States, having a yellow head and throat.

[Probably from a variant of French verdon, verdier, yellowhammer, from vert, green (in reference to the yellowish-green hue of the yellowhammer's body), from Old French verd; see verdant.]


(Animals) a small W North American tit, Auriparus flaviceps, having a grey plumage with a yellow head
[French: yellowhammer]


(ˈvɜr dn)

a small, yellow-headed songbird, Auriparus flaviceps, of arid regions of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.
[1880–85; < French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.verdin - very small yellow-headed titmouse of western North Americaverdin - very small yellow-headed titmouse of western North America
titmouse, tit - small insectivorous birds
Auriparus, genus Auriparus - a genus of Paridae
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In spring 2008, during avian-monitoring trips at La Paz bay, we noticed that verdins built nests primarily with twigs of cape wild-plum (Cyrtocarpa edulis), an endemic shrub in Baja California Sur limited to the region of El Cabo.
16) of the materials used by verdins to construct nests were twigs of cape wild-plum (Table 1); native grasses constituted 2.
Austin (1976) described the behavioral adaptations of verdins in desert areas, highlighting the importance of the relationship of reproductive success with shrub substrate and orientation of nests.
There is a good choice of restaurants around Dome Laukums - try Put Vejini, an established favourite, or the French-style Verdins.