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Kirtland's warbler

Kirtland's warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii)
Photo © Brian Tang

Features and Behaviors

Kirtland’s warbler is five and three-fourths inches long. Blue-gray feathers are present on the head and back, and the back shows streaks of black. The feathers on the lower side of the body are yellow with some black streaks in the areas close to the wings. The male shows a black facial mask that is absent in the female. The female’s overall feather coloration is duller than that of the male.

This species bobs its tail. It nests in central Michigan in jack pine forests and winters in the Bahamas. The few records of sightings of this species from the state are mainly from the Chicago area west to Winnebago County.

Illinois Range


​Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae

Illinois Status: casual, native