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Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina


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Tennessee Warbler
credit: Jerry Oldenettel/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family

Description MALE In spring, has olive-green back and tail and subtly darker wings with very faint pale wing bars. Head is grayish, with dark line through eye and whitish supercilium and throat; underparts are otherwise whitish, with gray wash on flanks. FEMALE In spring recalls male, but is duller with yellowish wash to head and neck. FALL ADULT Similar to respective sex in spring, but with less colorful upperparts. IMMATURE Yellowish green overall, with discrete pale wing bars and pale supercilium; undertail coverts are usually whitish, but even when washed faint yellow they are much paler than rest of underparts.

Dimensions Length: 5" (13 cm)

Habitat Fairly common summer visitor (mainly May-Jul) to boreal coniferous forests, particularly wet spruce woods. Winters in Central and South America.

Observation Tips Easy to see.

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

Voice Song is a three-part series of short notes, the last part the fastest: sip-sip-sip-sip, si-si-si-si, si'si'si'si'si; call is a tongue-smacking tchht.

Discussion Active wood-warbler with plain, clean-looking plumage and dark legs. Probes flowers for nectar and insects and searches among foliage for other invertebrates, notably Spruce Budworm. Sexes are dissimilar.