A gray bird with a long tail sits on a branch among long green blades. The bird looks down at the ground.

NPS Photo

Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)

Length 4.5” Wingspan 6”
Stubby bill, rounded wing, tiny round body, long tail, gray-brown, seen in swarming flock on bushes and trees eating aphids and tiny insects.

While Bushtits do not sing, they are still quite vocal and communicate with each other through very high-pitched, wispy or lisping peeps that are almost the timbre of an insect like a cicada or a cricket.


Last updated: August 18, 2020

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106


619 523-4285

Contact Us