Description: Dark crown, streaked back, heavily-barred wings and tail. Has a broad, white eyebrow and a a densely spotted breast.
Habitat: Deserts, and hillsides and valleys.
Diet: Fruit, berries, seeds, nectar and insects.
Displays: Male extends wings and tail and makes a growling sound at female. She responds similarly, then crouches and folds her wings.
Nest: In desert cactus, shrubs and trees. Builds a pouch-shaped mass of forbs and grasses, lined with feathers and, occasionly, grass.
Eggs: Pinkish white, usually marked with reddish brown. Less than one inch long.
Breeding bird atlas: To report bird breeding activity in your neighborhood, or to get information on the breeding bird atlas, call Sea and Sage Audubon Society members Sylvia Gallagher, (714) 962-8990, or Nancy Kenyon, (714) 786-3160.
Note: Map is divided into 5-kilometer squares so that Audubon Society volunteers can more easily survey areas on a regular basis.
Sources: Sea and Sage Audubon Society; “The Birder’s Handbook,” Ehrlich, Dobkin and Wheye, Fireside Books (1988); “Field Guide to the Birds of North America,” National Geographic Society (1987); “Birds of Southern California: Status and Distribution,” Garrett and Dunn, Los Angeles Audubon Society (1981).