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19cm. Brown-olive upperparts, yellow underparts, pale grey throat and breast, short dark crest, pale wing bars, brown tail, large, dark bill. Sexes similar.
Southwestern United States in southeastern corner of California, most of Arizona and southern Texas; also rare in Nevada and Utah south to northern Argentina, Brazil and the Guianas. Casual to rare vagrant in Louisiana and Florida.
Polytypic. Consists of seven subspecies.
The diet includes insects and fruit.
It builds its nest in a tree cavity; 2-3 purple-marked cream eggs are laid.