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Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivora


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Worm-eating Warbler
credit: Tomfriedel/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family

Description ADULT Has mostly buff-brown upperparts, including wings and tail. Head is buffy overall, but with long black eyestripe (reaching back to nape) and equally long and parallel dark line on side of crown. Throat and underparts are warm buff, flushed peachy orange on breast. Legs are pale pink. IMMATURE Very similar to adult.

Dimensions Length: 5 1/2" (14 cm)

Habitat Locally common summer visitor (present mainly May-Aug) to dense mixed or deciduous forests; often associated with steep hillsides. Winters mainly in Central America.

Observation Tips Easy to overlook, so learn and listen for its song to detect its presence in suitable habitat.

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

Voice Song is a rapid, almost insectlike trilling rattle; call is a sharp tsip.

Discussion Unobtrusive, stocky, and relatively long-billed wood-warbler with understated body plumage, but rather striking markings on head. Forages among foliage for insects, particularly caterpillars, often searching carefully among hanging tangles of dead leaves. Sexes are similar.