Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
STATUS: Rare and local; first discovered breeding in the United States in 1959.
HABITAT: Prefers riparian sycamore groves in desert mountain canyons. In the United States, generally associated with streamside plant life in the deserts and foothills of mountains.
NEST: Builds a nest that is saddled to a horizontal limb in sycamores, 25 to 40 feet above the ground.
FOOD: Probably consumes nectar and insects but no definitive reports have been published.
REFERENCES: Johnsgard 1983b, Phillips et al. 1964, Terres 1980, Terrill in Farrand 1983b, Zimmerman and Levy 1960.