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Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla


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Nashville Warbler
credit: Dominic Sherony/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has mainly olive-green back, with darker flight feathers and tail. Head and neck are mostly blue-gray, but note rufous crown patch and white eyering; throat and underparts are bright yellow. Legs are dark. ADULT FEMALE Similar to male, but less colorful, with dull underparts, browner head, and reduced crown patch. IMMATURE Similar to adult female, but even paler, with whitish throat and belly and no crown patch.

Dimensions Length: 4-5" (10-13 cm)

Habitat Common summer visitor (mainly May-Aug) to deciduous and mixed, brushy woods; often in secondary growth. Winters in Central America.

Observation Tips Easy to see.

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

Voice Song is in two parts, first bouncy and whistling, second rapid and trilling: t'se-t'se-t'se-t'se, se'se'se'se'se; call is a thin tsip.

Discussion Active wood-warbler that is hard to confuse within range covered by this book. Sexes are separable.