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Grace's Warbler

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Grace's WarblerSetophaga graciae
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Parulidae

Basic Description

The tiny, restless Grace's Warbler is a specialist in mature pine forests in the southwestern U.S. and points south. These gray, white, and yellow warblers stay in the treetops, where they hop among small branches or disappear into clumps of pine needles, both to catch insects and to visit nests hidden within. As its mature-pine habitat has disappeared over the last half-century, Grace's Warbler numbers have dwindled, and they are now on the Yellow Watch List for species with declining populations.

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Find This Bird

Finding Grace’s Warblers in their breeding range is relatively easy. Visit the beautiful pine and pine-oak forests of the southwestern U.S. and listen for the male’s accelerating, trilling song. Getting a clear look is a bit more difficult because of these birds' restless foraging pace and preference for treetops—so use a bit of patience to get a good view of one. (If following a bird way up high gives you painful "warbler neck", it can be more comfortable to lie on the ground and look up.)

Other Names

  • Reinita de Grace (Spanish)
  • Paruline de Grace (French)
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