Size:  5.75”

Plumage/Description:  Male and female plumage similar.  A very plain, non-descript bird, uniformly gray.  It’s most distinguishing characteristic is the fact that it has a crest, which at times is laid back and not too noticeable.

Habitat:  Oak/Chaparral, Pinyon/Juniper, Residential, Riparian/Deciduous

Time of year: Year-round

Relative Abundance:   Common in proper habitat

Behavior:  Very chickadee-like in behavior.  Usually seen either as a pair, or as part of a loose, mixed flock.  Active foliage gleaner as it moves through the foliage looking for insects.  Frequently vocalizes while it is foraging.  Frequent visitor to backyard bird feeding stations, prefers small Black-oil sunflower seeds.

Diet:   Insects, seeds, suet

Similar species:  Bridled Titmouse

Best Sites:  Thumb Butte trailhead parking lot, Acker Park, Heritage Park, Pioneer Park