Yellow Warbler

With the largest breeding range of any warbler species, the Yellow Warbler is common not only in most of North America but as far south as Peru.


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Yellow Warbler
Jeremy Meyer
Yellow Warbler


Yellow WarblerJeremy Meyer
Jeremy Meyer Yellow Warbler

Scientific Name: Setophaga petechia.
Family: Wood-warbler.
Length: 5 inches.
Wingspan: 8 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Both sexes are bright yellow overall; the male has reddish streaks on its breast.
Nest: The female builds a tidy nest out of plant fibers in a low shrub and lays four to five eggs.
Voice: Sweet, high and clear notes, “Sweet, sweet, sweet, I’m so sweet.”
Habitat: Low trees and woodland edges. Prefers willows in wet areas.
Diet: Mostly Insects,  plus a few wild berries.
Backyard Favorites: Birdbaths and ponds with moving water; native plants, especially those that produce berries.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the Yellow Warbler’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Yellow Warbler Bird Species

Range maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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