Yellow Warbler

Setophaga petechia




Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Gray, green or blue with olive and brown marks

Number of Eggs:

3 - 6

Incubation Days:

11 - 12

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

6 - 60 feet above ground.

Nest Material:

Strongly built from plant material, grasses, moss, lichen, and fur, bound wth spider's silk and cocoon material.





Yellow Warbler: Small warbler with bright olive-yellow upperparts and brilliant yellow underparts with rust-brown streaks on breast and sides. Wings are dark. Tail is dark with yellow-tinged edges. Female lacks streaks on breast. The Golden group has an olive-brown crown and is found in the Florida Keys and West Indies. The Mangrove group has a rufous hood and is found in Central America and northern South America.

Range and Habitat

Yellow Warbler: Breeds from Alaska east across Canada to Newfoundland and south to southern California, northern Oklahoma, and northern Georgia. Spends winters in Mexico south to Panama and the tropics. Preferred habitats include edges of marshes and swamps, willow-lined streams, leafy bogs, thickets, orchards, farmlands, forest edges, and suburban yards and gardens.

Breeding and Nesting

Yellow Warbler: Three to six olive and brown marked, gray, green, or blue eggs are laid in a well-made cup of bark, plant fibers, and down, and built in a small sapling. Incubation ranges from 11 to 12 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Yellow Warbler: Feeds mostly on insects and spiders, but will take berries; forages in trees and bushes.

Readily Eats

Sugar Water, Fruit, Nut Pieces


Yellow Warbler: Song is a bright, musical "sweet-sweet-sweet" and "sweeter-than-sweet." Call is a sharp "chip."

Similar Species

Yellow Warbler: American Goldfinch has black wings and tail.


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

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
The upper front part of a bird.
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
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Head Feathers and Markings X
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