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Bay-breasted Warbler -
(Dendroica castanea)
 

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Identification

  • Small songbird
  • Dark streaked back, creamy below
  • Large white wingbars
  • Male has chestnut crown, throat, and sides black eye patch, creamy patches on sides of neck
  • Female, bright colors and bold patterns are lacking
  • Fall plumage-- difficult to identify in fall!  Both sexes may be greenish above, light below, varying amounts of pale chestnut on sides

Habitat

  • Nests in boreal spruce-fir forests, mostly north of Wisconsin
  • During migration uses a wide range of forested habitats

Additional Information

  • Fairly common migrant
  • Local populations vary considerably as this species is a specialist that tracks spruce budworm outbreaks
  • Song is a series of very high, squeaky notes
  • Fall plumage of female and young similar to that of fall Blackpoll and Pine Warblers

Bay-breasted Warbler in the grass, looking stealth

Bay-breasted Warbler viewed from below 

 

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962
kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us

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