photo by Phil Swanson
L 5 1/4″ (13 cm).
Song or calls:
Sharp “tik.” Song is buzzy trill ending in downslur: “tree tree tree tree sweet sweet!.”
Description: Olive-green above; yellow below; bold white broken eye ring. Male has slate gray hood and bib. Female has duller gray hood and bib. Immatures have brownish-gray hood and gray throat, and fairly distinct breast band above yellow belly.
Behavior: Nests on the ground; hops rather than walks.
Habitat: Migrants found in dense undergrowth near streams, hillside brush, and in dense stands of weeds such as thistle and sunflowers.
Where in Nebraska: Rare spring and fall migrant in western Nebraska. Most of records are from Panhandle. Reported as far east as Platte County.
Fun Facts: They generally migrate at night.