Wood Warblers

Tropical Parula

Tropical Parula, photo by Dario Sanchez via Wiki Commons

Look For The tropical parula is a small warbler with a plumage that varies depending on the region it lives in. Most commonly, the breeding male tropical parula has a head and upperparts that are blue-gray, with a yellow throat, chin, and breast that bleed down into a white lower belly and undertail coverts. The… See details »

Painted Redstart

Painted Redstart, photo by Dominic Sherony via Wiki Commons

Look For The painted redstart is a small bird with a distinctive vivid red breast and belly. Its head and upperparts are black with large white patches on its wings. It has a black tail with white outer tail feathers and white crescents beneath its eyes. Females have the same impressive plumage as the males… See details »

Red-faced Warbler

Red-faced Warbler, photo by Dominic Sherony via Wiki Commons

Look For The red-faced warbler is a small, colorful songbird of the mountains. Most distinctive is its bright red forehead, throat, and upper breast contrasted by the black on its crown running down the sides of its face. It also has gray upperparts and paler underparts with patches of white on its nape and rump… See details »

Virginia’s Warbler

Virginia's Warbler, photo by Dominic Sherony

Look For The Virginia’s warbler is a very small songbird with a plumage that is primarily gray. It is has a lighter gray on its underparts and yellow undertail coverts. It also has a distinct yellow patch on its breast and a reddish brown splotch on its crown. The female Virginia’s warbler is a smaller… See details »

Lucy’s Warbler

Lucy's Warbler, photo by Dominic Sherony

Look For The Lucy’s warbler is a small, pale songbird with a light gray head and upperparts, and whitish underparts. It has a small, pointed beak, white eyerings and black legs.  Most distinctive are the coppery-brown patches on its crown and rump. Listen For The Lucy’s warbler’s song is a bright, fast trill of chit… See details »

Hermit Warbler

Hermit Warbler, photo by BeRichard via Wiki Commons

Look For The hermit warbler is a small songbird with a bright yellow head. The breeding male has a black nape that extends up onto the crown to various minor degrees. Its chin, throat, and upper chest are black and underparts are white. Its upperparts are a dark gray with black streaks and it has… See details »

Grace’s Warbler

Grace's Warbler, photo by Matt VanWallene via Wiki Commons

Look For The Grace’s warbler is one of the least studied birds in all of the United States. Only a rare few have been studied or closely observed, partially due to the birds’ affinity for living high in pine and oak trees. The breeding male has a bright yellow chin, throat, and breast. It also… See details »

Golden-crowned Warbler

Golden-crowned Warbler, photo by Dario Sanchez via Wiki Commons

Look For The golden-crowned warbler is a small songbird with a plumage that varies depending on the region it lives in. The most common breeding adult has gray or greenish-gray upperparts and bright yellow underparts. A dull stripe passes through each eye, with a golden streak down the center of the crown that is edged… See details »

Golden-cheeked Warbler

Golden-cheeked Warbler, photo by HarmonyOnPlanet Earth via Wiki Commons

Look For The golden-cheeked warbler is a small, endangered songbird with a striking yellow face. It has a black throat and streaks down its flanks as well as a black crown, back, and eye-line. It also has two white wing bars and a white belly. Listen For The golden-cheeked warbler has a buzzy and slow… See details »

Connecticut Warbler

Connecticut warbler, photo by Matt Tillet / Wikimedia

Look For The Connecticut warbler is a small songbird in general, but large compared to other warblers. The breeding male has a gray head and throat and muted olive-green back and wings. It also has a yellow belly and vent, with a distinctive white ring around each eye. The female Connecticut warbler is a more… See details »

Colima Warbler

Colima Warbler, photo by Don Faulkner via Wiki Commons

Look For The Colima warbler is a small songbird with upperparts that are gray-brown with an occasional greenish tint. The breeding male has a gray face with a white ring around its eyes and a light coppery patch on its crown. Its rump and the feathers covering its uppertail are yellow while its underparts are… See details »

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler, photo by Dave Lewis

Look For The Canada warbler is a small songbird that is sometimes nicknamed the “necklaced warbler” due to the black ring of streaks across its chest. The throat, chest, and belly are yellow, contrasting with a dark gray back and tail with a white underside. The Canada warbler’s face has a yellow line connecting its… See details »

Mourning Warbler

Mourning warbler, photo by Brian Henry.

Look For The mourning warbler is a small, elusive songbird with a solid gray hood covering its head and throat with a separate patch of black at the base of its chest. It has a muted olive-green back and wings and a yellow belly. The female mourning warbler is a paler version of the male… See details »

MacGillivray’s Warbler

MacGillivray's Warbler, photo by Greg Schechter.

Look For The MacGillivray’s warbler is a small songbird with a gray head and throat, often with a darker gradation on the upper breast. It has a muted olive-green back and wings and a yellow belly. It also has clear white arches above and below the eye, making it distinguishable from the nearly identical mourning… See details »

Golden-winged Warbler

Golden-winged warbler, photo by Brian Henry.

Look For The golden-winged warbler is a small bird that can often be easily identified. A male has a jet-black bib and mask that runs from bill to cheek, sandwiched between two clean white lines. This head pattern is the same on females, only in gray instead of black. The broad yellow smear on the… See details »

Bay-breasted Warbler

Bay-breasted warbler by MDF / Wikimedia.

Look For The bay-breasted warbler is a small bird, but could be considered large compared to other warblers. The breeding male is distinctive with its black face, warm reddish-brown crown, throat, and flanks. This is contrasted by an off-white belly and a gray back accented with black stripes. It also has a distinct yellow patch… See details »

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated blue warbler, photo by Charles J. Sharp.

Look For The black-throated blue warbler is a small bird named for the males’ deeply pigmented plumage. An adult male has a black throat, face, and flanks that contrast with the rich royal blue of its crown, neck, and back. It has a white belly and a distinctive small white patch on its wings. An… See details »

Swainson’s Warbler

Swainson's warbler, photo by USFWS / Wikimedia

Look For The Swainson’s warbler is a small bird with a plain, nondescript appearance. Its back and wings are brown, splotched with hints of pale rust of the solid cap. A lighter streak above the eye contrasts with the darker crown, while the lower parts of the bird are a murky off-white. Unlike most warblers… See details »

Northern Waterthrush

Northern waterthrush, photo by Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren courtesy of Wiki Commons

Look For The northern waterthrush is very often confused with the Louisiana waterthrush because of how confusingly similar they look. To determine which waterthrush you may be watching, examine the head. The Louisiana has a bold white eye-line and plain unstreaked throat. The northern has a finely streaked throat and narrow, often buffy (not white)… See details »

Prairie Warbler

Prairie warbler by Bill Thompson, III

Look For The prairie warbler is a small warbler with a lemon yellow breast and bold black side streaks. When foraging, prairie warblers pump and flit their tails, and in flight their tails show obvious white outer edges. Females wear a duller version of the male’s plumage. Remember that the dark semicircle below the prairie… See details »

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