Tennessee Warbler

photo by Phil Swanson

Vermivora peregrina
L 4 3/4″ (12 cm).

Song or calls:
Several rapid 2-syllable notes followed by a few higher single notes, ending with staccato trill.

Description: Short-tailed, with a long, straight bill. Breeding male is green above, with a gray crown; white below; bold white eyebrow; and black eye line. Female is tinged with yellow or olive overall; lacks pronounced gray crown; and has yellowish eye-stripe. Fall adults and juveniles are plainer olive, with white undertail coverts.

tennessee warbler

Habitat: Deciduous woodlands and forests. Usually forage in the upper portions of rather tall trees.

Where in Nebraska: Common spring and fall migrant in eastern Nebraska, becoming uncommon in the west. No breeding records.

Field Notes: Winters around the Caribbean from Guatemala to Venezuela.

Fun Facts: Tennessee Warbler specialize in eating Spruce budworm and as a result their popultions rise and fall with the budworm populations.

Tennessee Warbler - photo by Phil Swanson Tennessee Warbler - photo by Phil Swanson (click image for larger view)