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Red-faced Warbler Cardellina rubrifrons


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Red-faced Warbler
credit: Dominic Sherony/CCSA

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Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family

Description Stunning and keenly-sought southwestern specialty, whose range overlaps that of Painted Redstart. Among wood-warblers, unmistakable in all plumages on account of the red face. Feeds mainly on insects, caught by gleaning and flycatching. Sexes are separable.

Dimensions Length: 5 1/4" (13 cm)

Habitat Song is a sprightly, whistled wi'si'wi, wi'si'wi, wi'si'weeoo; call is a sharp tchuk.

Observation Tips Locally common summer visitor (mainly May-Aug) to montane pine, fir, maple, and oak forest canyons. Winters in Central America.

Range Rocky Mountains, Texas, Southwest

Voice ADULT MALE Has a gray back, with contrasting white rump (seen in flight). Wings are gray with a white wing bar (on median coverts) and darker flight feathers; tail is uniformly dark gray. Head is colorful and predominantly red, but with bonnetlike dark patch from crown to ear coverts, and white nape patch. Underparts are whitish. ADULT FEMALE Similar, but color on face is less intense. IMMATURE Similar to adult female, but back has a buffy wash.

Similar Species Fairly easy to find in some southern Arizona canyons; usually found at higher elevations (7,000-9,000 ft) than Painted Redstart.

Discussion L 5.25-5.5 in