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Greyish-brown upperparts, dark grey-brown head, blackish mask and yellow crown patch. Large, thick, black bill. Whitish throat and breast. Yellowish belly and undertail coverts. Slightly forked, grey-brown tail with cinnamon-brown edges. Juvenile: upperparts browner than adult, underparts brighter yellow than adult.
Streamside growth, sycamore canyons.
The diet includes flying insects, beetles, cicadas, grasshoppers, and bumble bees.
The cup shaped nest is made from twigs, grass, and plant stems and is built in a sycamore or cottonwood. 3-4 white eggs with brown spots are laid and are incubated by the female for 18-20 days.
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