Bird Fact Friday – The Red Faced Warbler

From pages 422-424 of The Warbler Guide:

The Red Faced Warbler can be easily identified by its red face, throat and upper breast. It also has a black cap that extends down the sides of its head to create “earflaps”, a white belly, and a long gray tail that is often flipped or wagged. It also has a short, thick bill and a single white wing bar with a blackish edge. The Red Faced Warbler is the only U.S. warbler with a bright red face.

The Red Faced Warbler

The Red Faced Warbler (Cardellina rubrifrons) perched on a branch. Photo Credit: Michael H. Bruce

While feeding, the Red Faced Warbler tends to be acrobatic and hang from branches. It has a long, slender shape, and its pale white rump is clearly visible during flight. This warbler has a limited range and altitude but, in Arizona and New Mexico, it tends to prefer mixed forests and steep terrain, typically above 2000m.

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