Thursday, May 22, 2014

Black-crested Titmouse

Erika and I found ourselves visiting long-time friends at their Texas retreat on 20 February 2014. They live in scrubland north of Edinburg, Texas. We had a lot of catching up to do, and spent a delightful day on their porch. We were entertained by a parade of birds at their feeders.

The first were a hoard of Black-crested Titmice. You may recall the first post I made about our trip was of a Tufted Titmouse from Oklahoma. Note the Black-crested's black crest and white forehead. Because they hybridize where their ranges overlap, the two titmice have a checkered history of being considered the same or different species. I was unaware that, these days, the two forms are considered to be separate species.

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