Swainson's Warbler

Limnothlypis swainsonii

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4

SWWA

Code 6

LIMSWA

ITIS

Egg Color:

White, sometimes with brown speckles



Number of Eggs:

2 - 5



Incubation Days:

13 - 15



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

2 - 10 feet above ground., In fork of bush or vines, In cane stands, bushes, brambles or a rank thicket growth form.



Nest Material:

Mass of leaves, pine needles, mammal hair, grasses, Spanish moss and rootlets



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Swainson's Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with olive-brown upperparts and pale gray underparts. Head has brown cap, white eyebrows, and dark eye-lines. Wings are plain olive-brown. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

Swainson's Warbler: Breeds throughout the southeastern states from Texas to Virginia. Within this range, lives in canebrakes and thickets in swamps and among hardwoods; in the southern Appalachians it is found in laurel and rhododendron thickets of moist, montane forests. Winters in the West Indies and areas south.

Breeding and Nesting

Swainson's Warbler: Two to five white eggs, sometimes with brown speckles, are laid in a nest made of leaves, pine needles, mammal hair, grass, Spanish moss, and rootlets, and built in a bush or vines, 2 to 10 feet above the ground. Incubation ranges from 13 to 15 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Swainson's Warbler: Eats insects, millipedes, and spiders; forages in shrubs and trees or on the ground, walking and slowly turning over leaves with its bill.

Readily Eats

Sugar Water, Fruit, Nut Pieces

Vocalization

Swainson's Warbler: Song is a clear, bold "whee-whee-whee, whip-poor-will", with opening notes down-slurred and last three clear and faster. Call is a loud clear "chip."

Similar Species

Swainson's Warbler: Worm-eating Warbler has shorter bill, buff head with two pairs of black stripes, and buff underparts.

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