Olive Warbler

Peucedramus taeniatus




Olive Warbler (Peucedramidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Pale blue or gray with gray, olive and brown marks

Number of Eggs:

3 - 4

Incubation Days:

12 - 13

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

In tree., 30 - 65 feet above ground.

Nest Material:

Stems, rootlets, and plant material., Lined with rootlets and plant down.


Most migrate



Olive Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with gray back, rump, and uppertail coverts, and white belly and undertail coverts. Head, throat, nape and upper breast are orange-brown; mask is black. Wings are black with two broad white bars. Tail is notched and dark gray with white edges. Female and juvenile have olive-yellow crowns and dull yellow faces, throats, and breasts.

Range and Habitat

Olive Warbler: This species is a resident from southwestern Arizona south along the mountain ridge of western Mexico, and also in areas of northeast Mexico. Breeding season takes them farther north, into central Arizona and southwestern New Mexico; spends winters mainly south of the U.S.-Mexico border. Resides in coniferous forests, mostly above 7,000 feet.

Breeding and Nesting

Olive Warbler: Three to four pale gray or blue eggs with gray, olive, and brown markings are laid in a cup nest made of stems, rootlets, and plant material, lined with rootlets and plant down, and built on a tree branch 30 to 65 feet above the ground. Incubation ranges from 12 to 13 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Olive Warbler: Eats mainly insects; forages in trees, walking on branches to look for food.


Olive Warbler: Song is a ringing, whistled "peeta-peeta-peeta." Call is a plaintive "peu."

Similar Species

Olive Warbler: Hermit Warbler has a yellow head, lacks mask, and has a different voice.

Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
The upper front part of a bird.
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
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