Adult male has bright yellow underparts, uniform greenish back and wings, long undertail coverts that accentuate a relatively short greenish tail, and a solid dark gray hood with no eye ring or eye arcs. Also has near black lores and a cluster of black feathers across the breast at the bottom of the hood that create a bibbed look. The bill is fairly long and heavy for a warbler, with a dark upper mandible and pale fleshy lower mandible. Female has lighter gray hood, with a slightly paler ashy throat. Immature has a partial gray-green hood that is infused with yellow, a yellow throat, a broken breast band, and may have a thin broken eye ring. MacGillivray's Warbler has white eye arcs in all plumages, and Connecticut Warbler has complete eye ring.
Length: 13 (cm) Wingspan: 19 (cm)
Short, buzzy, slurred, repetitive phrases, similar to MacGillivray's Warbler. Call is a sharp, metallic note.
Scrubby areas, thick vegetation, overgrown clearcuts, riparian zones, swamps, bogs, and undergrowth.
Skulks in thickets, often difficult to observe, though sometimes sings from exposed perches and typically responds well to pishing. Usually found alone or in pairs. Nest is a woven cup, bulky with leafy base, placed low in a shrub.
Forages by gleaning foliage or hopping along ground; eats insects and invertebrates.
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