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Small - 12cm (4.75") overall gray warbler with weak yellow crissum and upper chest. Distinctive bold white eye-ring. Males have small orange crown, often difficult to see.
 Similar species
The closely related Nashville Warbler is the same size and general appearance, but there is no range overlap, and it has much brighter and extensive yellow plumage and a green back. Look also at Lucy's Warbler and Colima Warbler.
Dry brush and scrub woodlands of pine and oak, rocky canyons.
They build their cup shaped nests from moss, grass, strips of bark, and roots, on the ground, hidden amongst dead leaves and tufts of grass at the base of a shrub or young tree. 3 to 5 white, dotted with fine brown speckles, eggs are laid. Both parents care for the young.
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