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Auriparus flaviceps

Verdins are resident in desert regions of the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico, wherever thorny scrub vegetation is present. These birds build bulky nests year round, but not just for raising babies. They also used them for shelter and protection from the extreme temperatures in the deserts where they live year-round. Resembling a chickadee, but not closely related, these birds are the only member of the Auriparus genus.

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