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Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca


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Blackburnian Warbler, male
credit: Mdf/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE BREEDING Has mostly black upperparts, including crown, with white lines on back, pale edges to flight feathers, and broad white patch on wing. Face is flushed orange with black patch through eye to ear coverts, continuing as line to side of breast. Breast is flushed yellowish and underparts are otherwise white with black streaks on flanks. Outer tail feathers have extensive white patches. ADULT FEMALE BREEDING Recalls adult male, but black elements of plumage are gray and face is flushed yellow, not orange. ADULT NONBREEDING Similar to breeding female, but duller and paler. IMMATURE Recalls fall adult, but paler overall.

Dimensions Length: 5" (13 cm)

Habitat Common summer visitor (mainly May-Aug) to northern mature mixed coniferous forests and upland forests further south; winters in South America.

Observation Tips Easy to see.

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

Voice Song is a series of thin, high-pitched notes or a series of lower-pitched squeaky tsi'tu-tsi'tu-tsi'tu notes; call is a sharp tsik.

Discussion Active warbler that forages for insects high in treetops. Male's orange throat is diagnostic among warblers. Sexes are separable.