Mourning Warbler

Geothlypis philadelphia

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4

MOWA

Code 6

GEOPHI

ITIS

Egg Color:

White to creamy white with small brown spots



Number of Eggs:

3 - 5



Incubation Days:

12



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

0 - 2.5 feet above ground.



Nest Material:

Dried grasses, leaves, stalks lined with grass and mammal hair.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Mourning Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with olive-green back, wings, and tail, and gray hood. Underparts are yellow; upper breast is black. Female is much duller, has faint eye-ring, and lacks black breast. Juvenile has much duller hood.

Range and Habitat

Mourning Warbler: Breeds from eastern Yukon and British Columbia to Newfoundland and south to North Dakota and northern New England, and in mountains to Virginia. Spends winters in the tropics. Preferred habitats include dense thickets of blackberries and briars in forest clearings; also wet woodlands with thick undergrowth.

Breeding and Nesting

Mourning Warbler: Three to five brown-spotted, white to creamy white eggs are laid in a nest made of fibers and leaves, lined with grass and hair, and built on or near the ground. Eggs are incubated for 12 days by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Mourning Warbler: Eats insects and spiders; gleans food from foliage.

Readily Eats

Sugar Water, Fruit, Nut Pieces

Vocalization

Mourning Warbler: Emits a loud, ringing, musical song "teedle-teedle, turtle-turtle", with the last pair of notes lower.

Similar Species

Mourning Warbler: Connecticut Warbler is larger, has longer bill and distinct buff to white eye-ring.

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UnderpartsX

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

BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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