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Recent Sighting:

Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla

Order: Passeriformes — Family: Parulidae


It can be confused, especially in the fall, with the Connecticut, Mourning or MacGillivray's Warblers, but all three have full gray hoods and never show a yellow chin and throat like the Nashville Warbler. The male Nashville Warbler also has a red crown spot, but it is usually concealed and difficult to see.


Its song, similar in both populations, is a series of two-part notes, ‘see-bit, see-bit, see-bit’, followed by a short trilled ‘tititititi’.




Migrates around the Gulf of Mexico. Winters from extreme southern Texas to Guatemala. Spring movement is in April, peaking in early to mid-month, and fall migration begins in August and runs to mid-October.


Northeastern birds favor deciduous or coniferous streamside woodlands, spruce bogs, thickets and overgrown pastures. Pacific coast birds favor thickets and other brushy growth alongside forested areas of pine or fir.


Entirely insects.

Population trends

A stable population.

Where in US

The Nashville Warbler's breeding range is divided into two widely separated populations. One breeds in the northeastern United States and southern Canada, and the other breeds in the Pacific coastal states. Winters from extreme southern Texas to Guatemala.


Nests on the ground in a slight depression, usually concealed under bushes or in weeds. A compact cup of rootlets, grass and bark strips, lined with hair and fine grasses.


Usually 4-5 eggs, sometimes 3 or 6, white, speckled, spotted and splotched with reddish-brown, usually concentrated around the larger end. Probably single-brooded.

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