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Nashville Warbler

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Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapilla
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Parulidae

Basic Description

The Nashville Warbler is a boisterous yellow songster with a striking, big-eyed look thanks to a white eyering that contrasts sharply with its gray hood. Nashville Warblers are fun to watch as they teeter on the ends of leaves and branches searching for food. Despite their name, Nashville Warblers are only found in Tennessee during migration. Look for them in shrubby tangles and regrowing forests—a habitat preference that has helped this species remain fairly common even as other songbirds have declined in number.

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Find This Bird

Across most of North America, migration is the time to look for Nashville Warblers. Watch for them at middle levels in brushy or semiopen habitats—they often join flocks of other migrants, chickadees, titmice, and kinglets. If you find yourself looking up at one from below, look for the telltale yellow-white-yellow pattern on the breast, belly, and undertail. Also listen for their song, which is often likened to enjoying a beverage: Sipa sipa sipa sipa tea-tea-tea-tea; something one might do while enjoying a southern tradition in Nashville, Tennessee.

Other Names

  • Reinita de Nashville (Spanish)
  • Paruline à joues grises (French)
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