The Peppy Phainopepla

December 19, 2014 at 6:45 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Southwest Birds, Wildlife) (, , , )

Male phainopepla in flight

Male phainopepla in flight

The hard-to-pronounce word (fain-o-PEP-la) is Greek for “shining robe” according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. ┬áThese unique birds of the Southwest congregate in areas of abundant mistletoe, and they typically eat more than 1,000 of those berries each day. Read the rest of this entry »

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