Verdin

Endemic birds are those that are primarily indigenous to a particular region and don’t migrate unlike other birds.   So unless you happen to live in that particular neighborhood, the chances of seeing such a bird are far from remote.  One such bird that I had the pleasure of spotting is the Verdin which primarily resides in South western US!  A spectacular looking bird with a crimson yellow head and distinctive chestnut wingbars, it flits from branch to branch much like a warbler.  I spotted these birds at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, Arizona a couple of years back and was immediately transfixed by them.   About 4 inches in length, the Verdin is about the size of a sparrow and mainly feeds on fruits and insects.

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