Plumage/Description:  Males have a black throat and bib and are white on the undersides.  Crown of the head is gray, the nape, back and wings are a rich Rufous color.  Females are a pale gray-brown color, no real distinguishing markings.

Habitat:   Residential, Suburban

Time of year:  Year-round

Relative Abundance:   Abundant and common in urban environments

Behavior:  A common backyard bird in commercial and suburban settings.  Prefers areas that have a lot of non-native landscaping.  Not nearly as common in developments where the native, natural habitat has been retained.  A cavity nester, aggressive at taking over nesting locations from native species.    A common species at backyard bird feeding stations where it prefers white-proso millet seed.

Diet:   Seeds, Insects

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Best Sites:   Home Depot Garden Center in Prescott, Granite Creek Park, Courthouse Plaza downtown Prescott