Blackburnian Warbler

photo by Phil Swanson

Dendroica fusca
L 5″ (13 cm).

Song or calls:
Variable song, usually short series of high “seet-say.” notes, followed by high trill.

Description: Male has fiery orange throat and face, with a black ear patch; broad white wing patch; black upperparts; yellowish belly; orange or yellow crown stripe; black streaking on sides; and white in outer tail feathers. Female and immatures are duller overall, with a paler throat; two white wing bars; streaked olive back; bold yellow or buffy eyebrow that is broader behind eye; and lighter streaking on sides.

blackburnian warbler
Food: Eats beetles, small caterpillars, ants, and occasionally catches insects in the air like a flycatcher; will also eat berries.

Habitat: Migrants usually found in tall trees, foraging near the tops, in either deciduous or coniferous forests.

Where in Nebraska: Uncommon spring and fall migrant in eastern Nebraska, becoming rarer westwardly. Seen as far west as Dawes and Scotts Bluff Counties.

Fun Facts: Originally named after Ann Blackburne, an English Botonist