A small songbird with a grey body and yellowish head, found in the semi-deserts of south-western North America.
- ‘Hummingbirds and verdins sip nectar from flowers in late spring and summer; several birds and rodents eat the seeds in late summer and fall.’
- ‘It was the head of a verdin, an extreme southwestern species that hops around in the trees, searching for insects to eat.’
- ‘The verdins have been doing their best to hover at the feeding holes.’
Late 19th century: from French, literally yellowhammer.