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Lucy's Warbler Vermivora luciae


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Lucy's Warbler, adult
credit: Dominic Sherony/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has mostly pale blue-gray upperparts, except for chestnut rump and dark gray wings and tail. Dark eye is emphasized by pale surround and lores, and note chestnut crown (often partly concealed). Underparts are mostly pale gray, except for white undertail. ADULT FEMALE Similar to male, but with smaller crown patch and paler face. JUVENILE Similar to adult female, but crown patch is absent and has pale buff wing bars.

Dimensions Length: 4" (10 cm)

Habitat Locally common summer visitor (mainly Apr-Jul) to brushy riparian and mesquite woodland; threatened due to habitat loss. Winters in Mexico.

Observation Tips Easy to see in suitable habitats.

Range Rocky Mountains, Texas, Southwest, California

Voice Song is a short, sweet and rapid trill; call is a sharp sheenk.

Discussion Dainty little wood-warbler with plain but distinctive plumage and dark legs. Nests in tree holes and cavities. Sexes are separable with care.