Prairie Warbler

photo by Phil Swanson

Dendroica discolor
L 4 3/4″ (12 cm).

Song or calls:
Song is rising series of buzzy “zee

Description: Dark olive above, with faint chestnut streaking on back; bright yellow eyebrow; yellow patch below eye; bright yellow below, with bold black streaking on sides; and two pale, thin wing bars. Female is slightly duller.

Behavior: Forages in lower branches and brush, twitching its tail.

Habitat: Not associated with true prairie, rather old pastures, hillsides with scattered woody vegetation, and similar shrubby habitats.

Where in Nebraska: Casual pring migrant, accidental lin summer and fall.

Fun Facts: Females will often eat the eggshells after eggs hatch.

Prairie Warbler - photo by Phil Swanson
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