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n.1.(Zool.) 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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Listen to the rustle of desert willow, watch the bluish black phainopepla birds flit between Western sycamores, and look for the spectacular wildflowers--California desert bluebells, forget-me-nots, and heliotrope--just starting to bloom this month.
Ecology and energetics of contrasting social systems in Phainopepla nitens (Aves: Ptilogonatidae).
1951, Witmer 1996b, Cipollini and Levey 1997a); (3) a close relative of waxwings, Phainopepla nitens, has been reported to consume Solanum fruits (Martin et al.
Digestive adaptations of Phainopepla nitens associated with the eating of mistletoe berries.
They found many of the same species as did the Stausses, plus bluebirds, Oregon juncos, white-crowned sparrows, chipping sparrows, golden-crowned sparrows, black phoebes and Say's phoebes, Nuttall's woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks, ruby-crowned kinglets, a phainopepla, California thrashers, titmice, red-shafted flickers, a turkey vulture and others.
He depicts each creature, from a mistletoe plant to the phainopepla bird, as a fiercely motivated individual, each one an "advertisement for adaptation.
Some of the local birds might include the turkey vulture, crows, scrub jays, red-tailed hawks, the acorn woodpecker or the phainopepla.