6 1/2-7 1/2" (16-19 cm). Grayish-brown above, gold below with light gray belly-band. Short, white eyebrow and mustache; white eye ring. Long legs and tail.
Similar Species- Male Common Yellowthroat
A variety of chucks, hollow whistles, high pitched squawks, and loud flute-like notes.
Breeds east across portions of Canada and northern U.S. to northern New England, and south to Gulf Coast and portions of Mexico. Winters from portions of northern Mexico, southern Texas, and southern Florida, south to portions of Central America.
Found in second growth, shrubby old pastures, thickets, brushy areas, scrub, woodland undergrowth, and fencerows. Often found in low, wet places near streams, pond edges, or swamps.
Eats mostly insects, but will also eat small fruits, particularly in winter.
Builds nests in shrubs and sometimes on ground. Sedentary and solitary during winter. May form loose nesting colonies. Southern Indiana study found 5-8 breeding males (plus 2-5 territorial nonbreading males) per 18 ha of upland deciduous scrub; territory averaged 1.24 ha; and very few individuals returned to study area in years following first capture.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
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