Chestnut-sided Warbler

Setophaga pensylvanica

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4

CSWA

Code 6

SETPEN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Chestnut-sided Warbler is currently rated as Least Concern. This bird species primarily breeds in the eastern regions of North America and southern portions of Canada. This bird has also been spotted in the Great Lakes region. This is a migratory bird that travels to Central America during the winter. It has also been spotted in Western Europe. Due to an increase in population of late, this bird is not considered to be in immediate danger of population decline.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Chestnut-sided Warbler: Medium warbler with black-streaked upperparts, white underparts, and chestnut-brown flanks. The cap is bright yellow and moustache stripe is black. Often cocks its tail high above its back as it feeds. The only North American warbler with pure white underparts in all seasons.

 

Range and Habitat

Chestnut-sided Warbler: Breeds from south-central Alberta east to Nova Scotia, south to east-central U.S. from New England to the Great Lakes region, and in the Appalachian Mountains. Spends winters in the tropics from southern Mexico and the West Indies south. Preferred habitats include young, open, second-growth woodlands and scrub.

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Chestnut-sided Warbler SONGS AND CALLS

Chestnut-sided Warbler A1

Call is a low "tchip".

Chestnut-sided Warbler XX1

Flight call is a repeated "zeep".

Similar Sounding

Magnolia Warbler H1

Song is a whistled "weeto weeto weetee-eet".

Yellow Warbler A1

Song is a musical "sweet-sweet-sweet".


Voice Text

"please-please-pleased to meetcha"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Chestnut-sided Warbler sings two song types: one is accented at the end, the other is not. The first is used before the arrival of the females and in the early nesting cycle. The second is used while raising young.
  • They are very rare vagrants to western Europe.
  • With the clearing of primeval forests and the subsequent growth of shrubby habitats, it is one of the most abundant breeding warblers in second growth deciduous woodlands.
  • A group of warblers has many collective nouns, including a "bouquet", "confusion", "fall", and "wrench" of warblers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X