Townsend’s Warbler

photo by Phil Swanson

Dendroica townsendi
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.

Bird Map

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

Townsend's Warbler - photo by Phil Swanson
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