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yellow-throated warbler

yellow-throated warbler (Setophaga dominica)
Photo © Alan Murphy Photography

Features and Behaviors

The yellow-throated warbler is five and one-half inches long (tail tip to bill tip in preserved specimen). It has gray feathers on the back, wings and top of the head. A white line is present over the eye, and there are white wing bars. There is a patch of black feathers on the cheek and black stripes on the sides of the belly near the wings.

This species is associated with sycamores, pines and cypress trees. It stays very high in tall trees. Spring migrants start arriving in early April. Some of these birds nest in southern Illinois. The nest is placed high in a tree. Four eggs make a typical clutch. It overwinters from the southern United States through Costa Rica. Yellow-throated warblers eat insects and fruits.

Illinois Range


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

Illinois Status: common, native