Townsend's Warbler

photo by Andrew McKinlay CC BY-NC

Townsend's Warbler are small songbirds (4.5-5 in) with a yellow face and chest and a dark cap and eye patch. They have a white belly, undertail, and wingbars.

Townsend's Warbler spend their summers in the coniferous forests of the Pacific Northwest from Alaska to Oregon. Some winter along the coast of California while others head further south to Mexico and Central America.

Townsend's Warbler search for insects in the tops of trees. The males head north in late May and establish their territory by singing from the treetops.

Could it be? Black-throated Green Warbler have a gray chest and only a small, pale gray patch around their eyes.

Did you know? Female Townsend's Warblers sometimes start a nest in one tree and then move all the materials to another tree to finish the nest there.

See Also: Cape May Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler