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Virginia's Warbler Vermivora virginiae


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Virginia's Warbler, being banded
credit: Sabine's Sunbird/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family

Description Song is two-part and rattling: swee-swee-swee-swee, swit-swit-swit-swit; call is a sharp shink.

Dimensions Length: 4-4 1/4" (10-11 cm)

Habitat Easy to see.

Range Plains, Texas, California, Rocky Mountains, Southwest

Voice Locally common summer visitor (Apr-Aug) to scrubby oak woodland. Winters in Mexico.

Discussion Separated from Nashville by plumage differences (back and wings blue-gray in Virginia's, olive-green in Nashville) and song; breeding ranges barely overlap. Sexes are separable. SPRING MALE Has mostly blue-gray upperparts, with darker flight feathers and tail; note yellowish rump, white eyering, and chestnut crown patch. Underparts are pale overall, whitish on throat and yellow on breast and undertail. Legs are dark. SPRING FEMALE Similar to male, but with reduced yellow on breast and smaller crown patch. FALL ADULT Similar to spring adult, but duller and browner. IMMATURE Recalls spring female, but lacks crown patch and has only a hint of yellow on breast.