This species is no longer considered one of the wood warblers, but has been assigned to its own family. The bill is fairly long and thin, and may give the impression of being slightly decurved. Adult Male: Upperparts dark gray, with two white wing bars, yellow edges on the flight feathers, and white at the base of the primaries. The head, neck and breast are buffy orange. The face shows an extensive black mask. The underparts are paler gray. The tail is notched. In flight, the white outer tail feathers are obvious. Adult Female: Similar to male, but head, neck, and breast are dull yellow, and the facial mask is grayish and less distinct. The white wing bars are narrower. First-year males are female-like in appearance, but have a more solid mask behind the eye, plus a conspicuous white eyering that is absent in adult males. Juveniles are similar to adult female, but are slightly duller and may show a brownish cast.
Length: 13 (cm) Wingspan: 22 (cm)
Song is a rapid peeta peeta peeta peeta peeta peeta. Call is a whistled tiu.
High elevation coniferous forest.
Often flicks wings.
Gleans insects from branches.
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