Red-faced Warbler

Cardellina rubrifrons

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4

RFWA

Code 6

CARRUB

ITIS

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Red-faced Warbler has a large range, estimated globally at 390,000 square kilometers. Native to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the United States and Mexico, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 430,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Red-faced Warbler is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Red-faced Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with gray upperparts, white nape and rump, and paler gray underparts. Forehead, throat, and upper breast are bright red. The crown and ear patches are black. Gray tail is long and square tipped. Eats mostly spiders and insects which it finds in tree branches.


Range and Habitat

Red-faced Warbler: Breeds at high elevations from central Arizona east to western New Mexico through the Pacific slope and adjacent interior of Mexico from Sonora to Durango. Casual in southern California, where it may breed, and central and southeastern New Mexico; also sight reports from southern Nevada and Texas. Found in montane coniferous forests.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"sweet-sweet-sweet-weeta-see-see-see", "chup"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Red-faced Warbler is the only North American warbler with a bright reddish face and upper breasts.
  • Although they appear to be monogamous, they exhibit high rates of extra-pair copulations. Almost 75% of nests have at least one young bird sired by a male other than the territorial male.
  • They have a quirky habit of flicking their tail sideways while feeding.
  • A group of red-faced warblers are collectively known as an "embarrassment" of warblers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Red-faced Warbler

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Imran Kahn

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X