Blue-winged Warbler

photo by Phil Swanson

Vermivora pinus
L 4 3/4″ (12 cm).

Song or calls:
Wheezy “beee-bzzz,” with the second note being lower.

Description: Long, slender bill. Bold white tail spots are visible from below. Male has bright yellow crown and underparts; yellowish-white undertail coverts; distinct black eye line; and blue-gray wings with two white wing bars. Female is duller overall, and has less distinct eye line.

blue winged warbler
Habitat: Woodland edges, abandoned fields, pastures, and thickets. Often found in slightly wetter habitats than Golden-winged Warbler.

Where in Nebraska: Rare spring and fall migrant in eastern Nebraska. Seen as far west as Cherry County.

Fun Facts: Blue-winged Warbler’s often hybridize with Golden-winged Warbler’s making the individuals look like crosses, however, they sing the song for either the Golden-winged Warbler or the Blue-winged Warbler.