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Chestnut-sided Warbler

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Male, breeding colorsPhoto by richard bledsoeWytheville, Virginia, May 2005
Male, breeding colors
Photo by richard bledsoe
Wytheville, Virginia, May 2005
Setophaga pensylvanica

Dendroica pensylvanica


[edit] Identification

Nearly always holds tail cocked up above wingtips.
Breeding male distinct with yellow crown, black face with white cheeks, and chestnut sides.
Breeding female duller with less chestnut.
Nonbreeding male has yellow back and crown with chestnut sides.

[edit] Distribution

Canada from east central Saskatchewan east to eastern Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia south to northern half of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, northern Pennsylvania, and northern New Jersey; also along the Appalachians south to northern Georgia and eastern Tennessee and in scattered locations throughout the midwest.

FemalePhoto by AandegWestern New York, August 2014
Photo by Aandeg
Western New York, August 2014

In migration found throughout the east.

Rare to casual vagrant to the west.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly placed in genus Dendroica.

[edit] Habitat

Deciduous second growth, abandoned fields and orchards.
In migration can be found in most habitats that have at least a few trees.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

Immature malePhoto by spitt55Western New York, July 2005
Immature male
Photo by spitt55
Western New York, July 2005

The clutch consists of 4 white eggs with marks of brown. Nest of bark, stems, and grass; lined with hair; usually placed low in a tree or bush. Incubated by female for 12-13 days and fledge about 10-12 days later. Cared for by both parents while in the nest.

[edit] Diet

Mostly insects including caterpillars, lice, ants, leaf-hoppers, and bark beetles. Occasional short flights while hawking flying insects. Berries and seeds when insects are scarce.

[edit] Vocalisation

Song: Please, please, please, to meet ya

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase

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