Hooded Warbler (male)
Family: (Parulidae) Wood-Warblers
Preferred Habitat: Mature, moist woodlands and wooded swamps
Seasonal Occurrence: Common in spring; uncommon summer through fall. Breeds on the Upper Texas Coast in dense undergrowth.
Profile by Vicki Stittleburg: Hooded Warblers have bright yellow underparts and olive green upperparts. Their undertail is white and they have pinkish legs. Males have a bright yellow face with a black hood and females have a yellow face with an olive crown.
During migration Hooded Warblers prefer any wooded habitat with a dense understory. When they arrive at their wintering grounds in Mexico and South America, the male and females segregate. Males use mature forests while females utilize scrubbier forests and seasonally flooded areas. This winter habitat segregation was first detected with this species and is now known to occur in other neotropical migrants such as the American Redstart, Northern Parula, and Black-throated Blue Warbler. Look for these small striking birds in migrant traps as they journey south. They have recently been observed at our Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary and our Sims Bayou Urban Nature Center.
ID Tips by Don Verser: Usually near the ground and often flicks tail showing white spots.