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Verdin        Images © Mark A. Chappell


Verdins are characteristic residents of the hot deserts of southwestern North America.   The birds above and below at left (and at the bottom of the page) are males; they were moving around in typical desert vegetation (including the ocotillo seen here).  The yellow face, chestnut shoulder patch, and otherwise plain gray plumage make male verdins easy to identify.   The somewhat less intensely colored bird below at right is a female.   All the photos were taken near Palm Desert, California.

  • Canon 10D, 7D, 1D4, or 7D2; 500mm f4 IS lens plus 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens, fill-in flash (2004, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2020)