Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family
Description ADULT MALE Has olive-green back, wings, and tail. Has a gray hood, palest on throat and darkest on lower margin. Note the striking white eyering. Underparts are otherwise bright yellow, with olive wash on flanks. Legs are pinkish. ADULT FEMALE Similar, but with duller, browner hood. IMMATURE Recalls adult female, but hood and upperparts are warmer buff-brown.
Dimensions Length: 5 1/2" (14 cm)
Habitat Scarce summer visitor (mainly May-Aug) to boggy terrain with thick brush in boreal forests. Winters in South America.
Observation Tips To find this elusive species, learn the song from recordings and visit suitable habitats in spring.
Range Plains, Florida, Western Canada, Texas, California, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Eastern Canada, Southeast
Voice Song is a rich, chirpy wee-chup'chup, wee-chup'chup, wee-chup'chup, wee-chup'chup, wee; buzzing call is seldom heard.
Discussion Robust, but relatively sleek-looking terrestrial wood-warbler. Furtive behavior and largely inaccessible breeding habitat make it a challenge to see. Complete white eyering is a reliable feature in all birds. Sexes are separable.