photo by Phil Swanson
L 5 1/4″ (13 cm).
Song or calls:
“Zeep-zeep.” Song is series of sharp, dry “chip” notes, faster than Chipping Sparrow.
Description: Sexes similar. Bold, dark stripes on buffy-orange head; underparts mostly buffy-orange; brownish-olive upperparts; long, spike-like bill; no wing bars.
Behavior: Forages on the ground in shady undergrowth, and is easily overlooked.
Habitat: Dense river-bottom woodlands or second-growth medium-sized woods on hillsides with a shrubby undercover.
Where in Nebraska: Casual spring migrant and summer visitor in eastern Nebraska. Accidental in fall and in western Nebraska.
Fun Facts: Young Worm-eating Warblers typically leave their nest 8-10 days after hatching!