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A photo of a American Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus), male
American Bushtit, Male

American Bushtit

Psaltriparus minimus

The American bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) is the only species placed in the genus Psaltriparus and the only species in the family Aegithalidae that is found in the New World. In North America, it is referred to simply as "bushtit". The subspecies (P. m. melanotis) can be identified by its dark ear patch (the auricular). This polymorphism does not occur in the northern part of the American bushtits' range, but is first noted near the Mexican border, primarily in Texas. Most individuals with the black ear patch in that area are juvenile males, and none are adult females – some have only one or two dark lines on the face instead of a complete patch. The black-eared form becomes more common southward in the northeastern (but not the northwestern) highlands of Mexico until from central Mexico south, all males have a complete black ear patch and even adult females have a black arc over the eye and usually a black line through the eye.
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Ian Vickers
Saturday 23 Sep 2023 - 6:03pm
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Greta Anderson
Saturday 23 Sep 2023 - 5:39pm
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Paul Vranesh
Saturday 23 Sep 2023 - 12:43am
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Gary Oldham
Monday 18 Sep 2023 - 2:27pm
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