Nashville Warbler

Leiothlypis ruficapilla




Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

White to creamy white with small brown spots

Number of Eggs:

4 - 5

Incubation Days:

11 - 12

Egg Incubator:

Both sexes

Nest Location:

On ground.

Nest Material:

Plant stems, pine needles, mosses and rabbit fur, with lining of finer materials.





Nashville Warbler: Small warbler with olive-green upperparts, bright yellow underparts, and white lower belly. Small cap is chestnut-brown, gray hood extends to back, and eye-ring is white. Female and juvenile are slightly duller and lack brown caps.

Range and Habitat

Nashville Warbler: Breeds from British Columbia and northwestern Montana south to central California and central Idaho; and from Manitoba, Quebec, and Nova Scotia, south to Minnesota, northern West Virginia, and western Maryland. Spends winters south of the U.S.-Mexico border. Preferred habitats include thickets in open mixed forests or brushy borders of swamps.

Breeding and Nesting

Nashville Warbler: Four or five white to creamy white eggs with small brown spots are laid in a cup of grass, leaves, and roots, lined with pine needles and fine grass, and concealed on the ground at the base of a bush or tussock of grass. Incubation ranges from 11 to 12 days and is carried out by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

Nashville Warbler: Eats mostly insects; forages by gleaning food from foliage, usually in mid-levels of a forest.

Readily Eats

Sugar Water, Fruit, Nut Pieces


Nashville Warbler: Emits a loud, ringing "teebit-teebit-teebit, chipper-chipper-chipper-chipper", usually in two distinct segments.

Similar Species

Nashville Warbler: Mourning and MacGillivray's warblers lack yellow throats and complete white eye-rings.


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

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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 area on top of the head of the bird.
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Head Feathers and Markings X
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