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Hooded Warbler Wilsonia citrina


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Hooded Warbler, male
credit: The Lilac Breasted Roller/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has mostly olive-green upperparts, although wings are subtly darker. Face is bright yellow and framed by black surrounding area from rear of crown, nape, and sides of neck to throat. Underparts are bright yellow and legs are pink. ADULT FEMALE Similar, but black elements of male's head pattern are much reduced in extent and intensity. IMMATURE Recalls adult female (with pale yellow face), but black elements of head pattern are entirely olive.

Dimensions Length: 5 1/2" (14 cm)

Habitat Locally common summer visitor (mainly May-Aug) to broadleaved forests with a dense understory; often close to water; winters in South America.

Observation Tips Presence is easiest to detect in first instance by listening for its song.

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

Voice Song is a rapid series of sweet whistles: wee'tu-wee'tu-wee'tu-wee-tee-tu; call is a sharp chip.

Discussion Colorful and strikingly marked wood-warbler. Forages actively for insects and usually feeds at fairly low levels in foliage; sometimes flycatches. Often flicks its relatively long tail and reveals extensive white on outer feathers. Sexes are separable.