- a crested passerine bird, Phainopepla nitens, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.
Origin of phainopepla
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In the family, Phainopepla and Phainoptila show the least flaring in this region.
Dchūrr, dchūrr; when flying, a shrill huit like call-note of Phainopepla.Color Key to North American Birds
Frank M. Chapman
It may be seen that in Bombycilla and in Phainopepla, the tracts are much shortened.
The phainopepla is a beautiful fellow, with an elegant pointed crest, and plumage shining like satin.The Children's Book of Birds
Olive Thorne Miller
Phainopepla has various call notes, and in addition, a succession of notes which are run together.