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Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia


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Yellow Warbler, male
credit: Mdf/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Bright yellow overall, darkest on back and with two subtle pale wing bars. Breast and flanks are marked with bold reddish streaks. Caribbean subspecies (seen in Florida) is similar, but has a subtly darker crown and more intense streaks on underparts. ADULT FEMALE Recalls respective regional male, but is more uniformly yellow overall and with little or no streaking below. IMMATURE Recalls adult female with washed out colors; many individuals are olive-gray overall.

Dimensions Length: 4 1/2-5" (11-13 cm)

Habitat Common summer visitor (mainly Apr-Aug) to wet thickets (especially willow) and secondary woodland edges. Winters in Central and South America.

Observation Tips Easy to see.

Range New England, Rocky Mountains, Texas, Plains, Alaska, Great Lakes, Western Canada, California, Southwest, Florida, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Eastern Canada, Northwest

Voice Song is a whistling swee'swee'swee'swee-swit-su-su; call is a sharp tchup.

Discussion Colorful and familiar wood-warbler showing subtle regional plumage variation; northern birds are typically darker than southern ones. Often forages at relatively low levels and easy to observe. Sexes are separable, but all adults are slightly brighter in spring than fall.