Yellow-rumped Warbler

NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Dendroica coronata
L 5 1/2″ (14 cm).

Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)

Song is loud trilling, rising or falling at the end.

Description: Yellow rump; yellow patch on side; yellow crown patch; white eye ring and tail spots; dark gray above with black streaks; black breast band; and white belly. In northern and eastern race (“Myrtle Warbler”) note white eyebrow; white throat and sides of neck; and contrasting black cheek patch. Western race (Audubon’s Warbler”) has yellow throat, and lacks black cheek patch. Females are duller than males. Widespread in wooded habitats during migration.

Bird Map
Habitat: Breeding birds found in coniferous forests, nesting in scattered trees and streamside thickets. Avoids nesting in dense, mature forests.
Where in Nebraska: Common to abundant spring and fall migrant across the state. Summer resident in Pine Ridge area. Rare winter visitor or resident in southeast, particularly during mild winters.

Fun Facts: Diverse array of foraging behaviors like clinging to the bark surface to look for hidden insects, frequently sit on exposed branches and catch passing insects like a flycatcher does. Will also eat fruit and have even been seed eating seeds at bird feeders.
Additional Information: “Myrtle’s Warbler” and “Audubon’s Warbler” were once considered separate species, but were found to interbreed; the species is now called Yellow Rumped Warbler


female Yellow-rumped Warbler - NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
 male Yellow-rumped Warbler - NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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