photo by Phil Swanson
L 5 1/2″ (14 cm).
Song or calls:
Song is series of clear, downslurred whistles ending with a rising note.
Description: Male has plain slate gray upperparts; black crown and face; large white patch on side of head; bright yellow throat and upper breast; two white wing bars; white underparts, with black streaking on sides; and bold white eyebrow sometimes tinged with yellow. Female is similar, but black on crown and face is less extensive.
Behavior: Forages high in the trees, creeping methodically along the branches.
Habitat: Usually found in rather swampy forests. Also occurs in streamside sycamore forests.
Where in Nebraska: Rare to uncommon migrant in eastern Nebraska, breeding locally at sites such as Fontanelle Forest and possibly elsewhere.