Saturday, February 6, 2016

Saturday Sightings- The Hooded Warbler

Happy Saturday Everyone!  I saw this bright beauty multiple times last summer at Backus-Page House Museum.

Another New World warbler is the hooded warbler, which breeds in eastern North America and winters in Central America and the West Indies.  This species is a small bird and mid-sized warbler, with a plain olive/green-brown colouring on its back and yellow underparts.  Males have yellow faces as well, with distinctive black hoods and the females have an olive-green cap.  Until the male gets its black cap at around 9-12 months, they are easily confused with females.

As with the American redstart, the hooded warbler also feeds on insects, found in low vegetation or caught mid-air.  These birds lay 3-5 eggs in a cup-shaped nest in low areas of bush, which is a part of their broadleaved woodlands habitat with dense undergrowth.  In areas where woodlands are protected or recovering, the population of this species of bird is stable and potentially increasing, however the hooded warbler is often a victim of brood parasitism by the brown-headed cowbird. 
Take care!

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