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Grace's Warbler Dendroica graciae

   

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Grace's Warbler
credit: Dominic Sherony/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/Naturesound.com (audio)

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Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers view all from this family



Description ADULT MALE Has mostly blue-gray upperparts, with dark streaking on crown and back and two bold white wing bars on blackish wings. Face is marked with yellow supercilium and spot below eye; throat and breast are also yellow, grading to white on rest of underparts, with dark streaks on flanks. ADULT FEMALE Similar, but paler and less colorful overall, with unstreaked upperparts. IMMATURE Similar to adult female, but paler still, with browner upperparts and yellowish wash on flanks.


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


Habitat Local summer visitor (mainly May- Aug) to open montane coniferous forest, especially where Ponderosa Pines are common. Winters in Central America.


Observation Tips Visit suitable habitats in Arizona and New Mexico at the right time and you will surely see this species.


Range Texas, Rocky Mountains, Southwest


Voice Song is an accelerating series of chattering trills; call is a soft tchip.


Similar Species Yellow-throated Warbler D. dominica (L 5.25-5.5 in) has white supercilium and patch on side of neck. Range extends into eastern Texas; favors cypress swamps.


Discussion Attractive wood-warbler that often feeds high in pine trees. Sexes are separable.


 

 

 

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