Status: No accepted records.
Taxonomy: There are nine subspecies, three south of the USA, and six breeding in the USA (Pyle 1997). Four subspecies breeding from British Columbia to southern California comprise the Brown-crowned Group, and there are two monotypic groups: Gray-crowned or Interior, consisting of plumbeus, which is resident from east-central Oregon and southeast California to western Oklahoma and west and central Texas, and the Black-eared Group, consisting of dimorphicus, resident in southwest Texas (Pyle 1997).
Comments: One reported without details but said to have matched this species in a field guide, was in Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff Co 27 Jan 2001; it could not be checked before it departed (Alice Kenitz, personal communication).
The Editor of Nebraska Bird Review, in a discussion of species reported without documentation, stated that he “was aware of unpublished possible or probable records in Nebraska of … Wrentit…” (Cortelyou 1973). The Editor, R.G. Cortelyou, noted later (personal communication) that the observer of the “Wrentit” had made an error in his/her report and had intended to report Bushtit. No further information as to this possible report of Bushtit is known (Bray et al 1986).
It is not unlikely that this species could occur in Nebraska. It is a “very rare fall and winter visitor” on the eastern plains of Colorado, with 11 records Nov-Feb, including one in Weld Co (Andrews and Righter 1992), about 45 miles from Nebraska. In Wyoming there is an extra-limital record in Cheyenne, Laramie Co 14 May 1975 (Faulkner 2010). It is a “Rare and irregular winter visitant” to southwest Kansas (Thompson et al 2011); it has been recorded 5 Nov-12 Jan in eight counties, mostly in Morton Co but north to Ellis Co, where four were netted 16 Nov 1968.
Bushtits should be looked for Nov-Feb in towns and juniper areas in the southern Panhandle and southwest Nebraska.
Andrews, R., and R. Righter. 1992. Colorado birds. Denver Museum of Natural History, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Bray, T.E., B.K. Padelford, and W.R. Silcock. 1986. The birds of Nebraska: A critically evaluated list. Published by the authors, Bellevue, Nebraska, USA.
Faulkner, D.W. 2010. Birds of Wyoming. Roberts and Company, Greenwood Village, Colorado, USA.
Pyle, P. 1997. Identification Guide to North American Birds. Part I, Columbidae to Ploceidae. Slate Creek Press, Bolinas, California, USA.
Thompson, M.C., C.A. Ely, B. Gress, C. Otte, S.T. Patti, D. Seibel, and E.A. Young. 2011. Birds of Kansas. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA.
Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen. 2018. Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus), Version 1.0. In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org