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Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora pinus


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Blue-winged Warbler
credit: Wwcsig/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has yellow head and underparts, with black stripe through eye. Nape and back are olive-yellow and wings are bluish with two striking white wing bars. Male "Brewster's" has mostly pale, whitish head and underparts with yellow restricted to forehead and breast. Male "Lawrence's" recalls dull male Blue-winged but with a dark throat and patch through eye. ADULT FEMALE Less colorful than male with less distinct wing bars. Hybrid females have duller plumage than their hybrid male counterparts. IMMATURE Duller than adult female.

Dimensions Length: 4 1/2" (11 cm)

Habitat Locally common summer visitor (mainly May-Aug) to scrub and secondary woodland; population may be increasing.

Observation Tips Easiest to detect by hearing song.

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

Voice Song is a high-pitched buzzing trill, in two parts with different tones; call is a sharp tsik.

Discussion Colorful wood-warbler. Forages unobtrusively for insects, and silent birds are easy to overlook. Almost unmistakable but, confusingly, hybridizes with Golden-winged; two distinct hybrid forms occur ("Brewster's" and "Lawrence's" Warblers), males of which are fairly easy to recognize. Sexes are dissimilar.