In this video from Outdoor Nevada, learn about the eating and migration habits of the phainopepla, an unusual bird associated with the mistletoe plant. In a symbiotic relationship, both organisms benefit from their interaction. The phainopepla subsists principally on mistletoe berries, and the mistletoe benefits from the dispersal of seeds deposited in the bird's droppings. The phainopepla's migration pattern is linked to the availability of mistletoe berries, which ripen in southwestern desert areas during the fall. After the birds hatch their eggs in clumps of mistletoe, they leave the desert until the following fall.
For more information, visit Outdoor Nevada: Phainopepla Bird.