Bird Fact Friday – Virginia’s Warbler

From pages 446-448 of The Warbler Guide:

Virginia’s warbler is recognizable from its grayish back and head, the variable yellow patch on its breast, and the chestnut crown patch which is often hidden on the top of its head. This type of warbler also has a long, thin, gray tail, along with grayish wings, without any brighter edging. This warbler has a limited range and habitat and can be found in brushy areas during migrations.

Virginia’s Warbler (Oreothlypis virginae) perched on a branch. Photo credit: Jim Burns

There is some variance between these warblers. For example, their chestnut crown is sometimes more easily seen. Additionally, the yellow on their breast can vary from almost none to extending from their throat to mid breast. Some of these patches are bright and stand out, while others have been patchy with gray on their sides.

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