Kirtland's is one of the largest and rarest warblers, with a very limited breeding range. Adult: Blue-gray upperparts with black streaks and two thin white wing bars. Males are darker overall than females, and show blackish areas on the face. White crescents are obvious above and below the eyes. Underparts are yellow (bright yellow on males, paler on females), fading to white on the undertail coverts. The sides and flanks are marked with black streaks and spots. In flight, note the small white spots on outer tail feathers. Juvenile: Like adult, but pale gray-brown above with dark streaks. Dark spots form a band across the pale yellow breast.
Length: 15 (cm) Wingspan: 19 (cm)
Song is an ascending series of chip notes, increasing in intensity.
Nests in stands of young Jack Pine, 7-15 years old, usually created after fire clears older trees.
Constantly bobs tail while foraging. Some individuals are quite tame, allowing close approach by humans.
Forages for insects and small fruit on or near the ground.
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