Vermivora ruficapilla
(Nashville Warbler)

Order: Passeriformes
Order Description: Passerines
Family: Parulidae
Family Description: Wood Warblers

Physical Description:
4-5" (10-13 cm). Gray head and back of neck with spotted, chestnut crownClick word for definition patch and white eyering. Yellow-orange below. Brown wings and back.

Similar Species- MacGillivray's, Mourning, and Virginia's warblers, and immature male Common Yellowthroat.

A two part song: sebit-sebit-sebit-ti-ti-ti-ti.

Breeds from southern British Columbia, east to northwestern Montana, and south to southern California and Nevada. Also breeds in portions of eastern Canada and United States. Winters from northern Mexico, east to southern Texas, and south into Guatemala.

Found in forest-bordered bogs, second growth, open deciduousClick word for definition and coniferousClick word for definition woodlands, forest edges and undergrowth, and cut-over or burned areas. During migrationClick word for definition and in winter, found in various woodland, scrub, and thicket habitats.

Eats insects. In nonbreeding range, visits flowers, takes small berries and seeds, and gleans for small insects.

Builds concealed, cup- shaped nest on ground. Forages from ground to treetop, but usually remains low in trees and thickets at edges of forests. Uncommon cowbird host. Species is poorly studied.

Female incubatesClick word for definition 4-5 eggs for 11-12 days. Young are tended by both parents, and leave nest at about 11 days.

Element Code: ABPBX01060
Status: Protected nongame species
Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5,NTMB
National Rank: N5B,NZN

Important State References:
No references are available at this time.

Photo by Marcus Martin,© 2000
Design by Ean Harker©1999, 2000.
Written by Jason Karl, 2000.