orangecrowned warbler (Vermivora celata)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.

 

IDENTIFICATION

  • Length: 4.25 inches

  • Small, active, insect-eating bird

  • Thin, very pointed bill

  • Indistinct yellow supercilium

  • Indistinct broken eye ring

  • Grayish to olive head, back and wings

  • No wing bars

  • Yellow to dull yellow/olive underparts with blurry, indistinct streaks              on breast

  • Yellow undertail coverts

  • Orange crown patch rarely visible

  • Females and immatures somewhat duller

  • Considerable variation in plumage with western birds being somewhat yellower and eastern birds grayer

Similar species:

The orange-crowned warbler is extremely nondescript. In fact, this is one
of the best field marks for identifying it. Other warblers have wing bars,
black streaking below, brighter underparts or distinctive face patterns.
The yellow undertail coverts and blurry streaks on the breast separate it
from the very similar fall-plumaged Tennessee warbler.

 

LIFE HISTORY

Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Successional-scrub
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-6
Length of Incubation: 12-14 days
Days to Fledge: 8-10
Number of Broods:?
Diet: Primarily insects; lesser quantities of fruit and nectar

 

SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE

 

Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.

 

Relative abundance
     C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
     U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
            numbers.
     O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
            sometimes low numbers.
     R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
     Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.

 

Seasonal Occurrence
      Sp - Spring: March, April, May
      Su - Summer: June, July, August
      Fall: September, October, November
R

      Winter: December, January, February

 

 

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