White cheeks and a sporty bright-red flashy look seem to go hand in hand with this bird’s hyperactive state

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A little bright-red bird that stands out not just for its color but also for its hyperactivity!

The red warbler (Cardellina rubra) is a tiny passerine that measures 12.5–13.5 cm (4.9–5.3 in) and weighs 7.6–8.7 g. (0.27 to 0.31 oz).

Adult birds are mostly red, with a white or dark gray auricular patch on each side of their heads (depending on the subspecies).

The wings and tail are a bit deeper dusky crimson with a pinkish-red border.

The legs are a drab red-brown color, with a pinkish-gray beak and a black tip.

The iris is dark brown to blackish. The sexes have similar plumage, albeit the female is a bit duller or more orange-tinged.

Adult couples split up and molt completely after the mating season in August.

This species is only found in Mexico, stretching from southern Chihuahua to southern Hidalgo.

The red warbler likes high-altitude humid and semi-humid pine, pine-oak, fir, and, to a lesser extent, oak woods.

They may be found at elevations ranging from 2,000 to 3,500 meters.

Red-faced Warblers love to forage on trees with dense foliage, especially conifers, where they may catch a variety of insects, particularly caterpillars, from the outer branches.

To collect insects, this species hover-gleans like a flycatcher. The flooded, the cup-shaped nest of the warbler is built in a depression in the ground.

The nest is frequently located on an open slope or at the bottom of a woody shrub.

An overhang offered by a part of the stem, log, or rock at the nest location might assist conceal and protect the nest.

The female constructs the nest, which is composed of bark, twigs, or pine needles with a covering of grasses or animal hair.

Just the female propagates the embryos for 16 days, but when the young hatch, both parents feed them. After 10-11 days, the chicks fly.

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