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Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler
Nashville Warbler

© David McDonald

Vermivora ruficapilla

Family: (Parulidae) Wood-Warblers

Preferred Habitat: Woodlands.

Seasonal Occurrence: Greatest numbers in spring and fall migration.

Notes by Susan Billetdeaux: The Nashville Warbler is a more common visitor to our area in fall than in spring. Its bright plumage, even in fall, make a striking impression even to non-birders. The combination of gray head, olive back, yellow throat and breast, and prominent eye ring distinguish this warbler from other species. The song is a series of double notes followed by a faster trill, see-ba, see-ba, see-ba, tetetetetetetetetetah. Nashville Warblers breed in forests in the northern United States and Canada, where they build their nests on the ground.

Comments by Don Verser: Nashville is another warbler without wing bars that could be confused with Orange-crowned. The very early Orange-crowneds are likely western race birds which have grayish heads. Nashvilles might also be confused with fall Mourning Warblers. Nashvilles are best distinguished from Orange-crowned by the complete eye ring and brighter yellow on throat and breast.