Hooded Warbler

General description.

Olive above and yellow below, the male "Hooded Warbler" is one of the most handsome of the warbler family. He frequently spreads his tail, revealing its distinctive white spots.

Female appearance.

Less conspicuous with only a trace of an olive "hood", the female does have a bright yellow throat and moves like a wren, flitting her tail, like the male, flashing white patches as she moves about.

Juvenile appearance.

Similar to the female.

Flight pattern.

The "Hooded Warbler" catches his diet of grasshoppers, caterpillars and plant lice while in flight.

Breeding habits.

This warbler breeds from Iowa east to New England and south to the Gulf Coast and northern Florida.

Calls or song.

Generally this species ranges at a low level, no more than ten feet off the ground, however, in the early evening hours during breeding season, the male "Hooded Warbler" leaves his haunts in the thickets to sing his ringing and melodious song, "tawee-tawee-tawee-tee-o" from the tops of trees.

Population and distribution.

In summer, The "Hooded Warbler" inhabits the mature, moist forests and southern swamps of the eastern half of the United States. In winter, they head to Mexico and Panama.

Nesting habits.

In a low tree or shrub, the "Hooded Warbler" female lays three or four white brown-spotted eggs in a grass-lined nest of dead leaves and plant fibers.

Similar birds:

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