Description: Tiny, acrobatic, long-tailed bird that usually feeds in large, active, twittering flocks. Gray-brown above, paler below, brownish cap.
Habitat: Woodlands, scrub, chapparal.
Diet: Insects (including spiders), seeds, fruit.
Displays: Courtship of calls, trills, posturing.
Nest: Distinctive gourd-shaped hanging pocket, woven around and supported by twigs. Made of moss, lichen, leaves, cocoons, grass and flowers, secured by spider web and lined with plant down, hair and feathers. The nest takes 13 to 51 days to build.
Eggs: White, unmarked; slightly more than half an inch long.
Natural history notes: During much of the year, bushtits feed in loose flocks of six to 30 (often with other bird species), streaming from tree to tree singly and in pairs. After nesting, the birds move about in smaller family groups. Iris of the eye is pale cream in adult females, dark brown in juveniles and adult males.