Adult males and females are similar, with both showing a distinctive head pattern; extensive bright yellow on the throat and upper breast, crisp white supercilium, distinctive black T-shaped pattern on face extends down onto the upper flanks where it borders the yellow throat, a large white neck spot, and a white arc below the eye. Crown, nape, back, and wings are all blueish-gray wings with two conspicuous white wing bars. Lower breast and belly are white with heavy black to charcoal-gray streaks along the flanks. Females are slightly paler above and show a yellowish wash on the lower flanks and vent. Southeastern birds have yellow supraloral spot and white supercilium; more northerly birds have pure white supercilium. Grace's Warbler of montane Southwest lacks white on face and black T-shaped pattern on head.
Length: 14 (cm) Wingspan: 20 (cm)
Sweet, whistled phrases in a short series; call is a downslurred chip note.
Riparian areas, damp woods, pine and deciduous forests, wooded swamps. Uses a variety of forest types during migration and winter.
Often creeps along large branches or treetrunks. Nest is a cup on tree branch, often concealed among Spanish moss. During migration and winter, sometimes joins flocks with other warblers.
Gleans foliage or tree bark for a variety of insects and other invertebrates.
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