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A small, long-tailed bird (Psaltriparus minimus) of western North America, having predominantly gray plumage.


(Animals) any small grey active North American songbird of the genus Psaltriparus, such as P. minimus (common bushtit): family Paridae (titmice)


a small songbird, Psaltriparus minimus, of the western U.S. and Mexico, that constructs long nests.
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Noun1.bushtit - active grey titmice of western North Americabushtit - active grey titmice of western North America
titmouse, tit - small insectivorous birds
genus Psaltriparus, Psaltriparus - a genus of Paridae
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Despite their name, they are not in the tit family at all, but in a small family with only 11 species, which includes the north American bushtit.
Our list included American crow, red shouldered hawk, red tail hawk, turkey vulture, California thrasher, California towhee, spotted towhee, oak titmouse, wrentit, bushtit, scrub jay, white crown sparrow, gold crown sparrow, lesser goldfinch, house finch, rock dove, mourning dove, California quail, yellow-rump warbler, ruby crown kinglet and Anna's hummingbird.
The woodland species includes 11 species of which the first six (such as the Black-headed Grosbeak, the Yellow-rumped Warbler and the Gray-breasted Jay) shared the Ipomoea/mixed woodland with the Oak woodland while Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus, the Hepatic Tanager, the Bridled Titmouse Parus wollweberi, the Western Pewee and the Elegant Trogon Trogon elegans were commonest in Oak woodlands.