These carnivorous, nongame birds inhabit desert and submontane elevations.
They are often seen perched on posts, wires and trees. Their population trend is unknown. Nests are well-lined cups built in shrubs or trees. The birds will renest if the first site is disturbed or destroyed.
Nesting occurs from May through July with an incubation period of 16-17 days. They young are fledged after another 17-21 days but will still be fed by the parents for 3-4 weeks.
Habitat loss and pesticide use have had detrimental effects on populations.