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Olive Warbler Peucedramus taeniatus


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Olive Warbler
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Family: Peucedramidae, Olive Warblers view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has a gray back and darkish wings overall with two bold white wing bars and a white patch at base of primaries; inner flight feathers have white margins. From above, slightly forked tail is mostly dark, with white outer feathers; from below, looks white with dark outer tips. Head, neck, and chest are reddish orange, but note the dark mask. Underparts are otherwise mostly grayish, but with white undertail coverts. ADULT FEMALE Similar, but orange elements of plumage are yellow and mask is much less distinct. IMMATURE Similar to respective sex adult, but duller and with less obvious white on wings.

Dimensions Length: 4 1/2-5" (11-13 cm)

Habitat Locally common in southwestern montane coniferous forests; occurs yearround in south of range (and in Mexico), but a summer visitor further north.

Observation Tips Fairly easy to find if you trek to suitable habitats.

Range Southwest

Voice Song is a rapid, trilling whistle tu'e-tu'e-tu'e-tu'e-tu; call is a soft tuip.

Discussion Third in the trio of southwestern specialties. Similar to some Dendroica warblers, but not classified in the wood-warbler family, but in its own family, the Peucedramidae. Feeds actively and often flicks its wings, in the manner of a kinglet. Sexes are dissimilar.