photo by Phil Swanson
L 5″ (13 cm).
Song or calls:
Song is variable series of hoarse “zee” notes. Call is soft “chip.”
Description: Blackish crown; blackish ear patch bordered in yellow; greenish-olive above, streaked with black; yellow breast with black streaking; white belly; streaked sides. Male’s throat and upper breast are black; and two broad white wing bars. Female has yellow throat and two thin white wing bars.
Habitat: Migrants found in low oak, juniper, or pine woodlands. Breeds in tall coniferous forests.
Where in Nebraska: Rare spring and fall vagrant. Seen in at least seven counties in the 1970’s.
Field Notes: Occasionally hybridizes with Hermit Warblers.
Fun Facts: Forages on the honeydew excreted by scale insects such as aphids