photo by Phil Swanson
L 4 1/2″ (11 cm).
Song or calls:
Song is rising buzzy trill ending with an abrupt lower “zip.”
Description: Gray-blue above with yellowish-green upper back; bright yellow breast and throat; white belly; short-tailed; two bold white wing bars; and white eye ring broken by black eye line. Male has reddish and black bands across breast. In female, the bands are faint or absent.
Habitat: Migrants found in parks, orchards, and along roadsides. Breeding birds are restricted to swampy woods.
Where in Nebraska: Uncommon spring and fall migrant in eastern Nebraska. Vagrants occur west to Garden and Sheridan Counties. Possibly breeds in the immediate area of the Missouri River valley in southeastern Nebraska.