Tennessee Warbler

Leiothlypis peregrina




Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

White to creamy white with brown splotches

Number of Eggs:

4 - 7

Incubation Days:

11 - 12

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

On ground.

Nest Material:

Dired grasses and moss, with lining of fine grasses, stems and hair.





Tennessee Warbler: Small warbler with olive-green upperparts, white underparts, and olive-gray washed sides. Darker head has white eyebrows and dark eyestripes. Wings are plain gray. Female and juvenile are duller and have pale gray-yellow underparts.

Range and Habitat

Tennessee Warbler: Breeds from Alaska, Manitoba, and Labrador south to British Columbia, Wisconsin, southern Ontario, and Maine. Spends winters in the tropics, from extreme southern Mexico south. Preferred habitats include open mixed woodlands in the breeding season; trees and bushes during migration.

Breeding and Nesting

Tennessee Warbler: Four to seven brown splotched, white to creamy white eggs are laid in a nest lined with fine grass and built on the ground, usually well hidden under a shrub or in a moss clump under a tussock. Incubation ranges from 11 to 12 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Tennessee Warbler: Diet consists of insects, such as small beetles, caterpillars, grasshoppers, and aphids, spiders, sumac seeds, and poison ivy berries; also drinks juices from grapes by poking a hole in the fruit with its bill.

Readily Eats

Sugar Water, Fruit, Nut Pieces


Tennessee Warbler: Song is a loud "seet, seet, seet" or "chip, chip, chip."

Similar Species

Tennessee Warbler: Orange-crowned Warbler has yellow undertail coverts and blurry streaks on breast.


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

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X