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Setophaga petechia

Common Names: Yellow Warbler, American Yellow Warbler
Setophaga petechia
Setophaga petechia

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Genus: Setophaga
Species: Setophaga petechia

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Yellow Warblers are 5" long with a 8" wingspan.

They are yellow, with males being brighter overall. Males also have reddish streaks on their chest.

Habitat & Range

Yellow warblers breeding range reaches across Canada, Alaska, and the lower 48 United States with the exception of the southeastern US and Texas. Their breeding range also reaches into parts of Mexico.

In the winter they migrate to Central America and the northern parts of South America.

Yellow warblers live in wet areas, open forests, and shrubby areas.


Yellow warblers eat primarily insects, but will eat some fruit.

Their call is a high, sharp, rapid, “sweet sweet sweet I’m so sweet.”

Life Cycle

Yellow warblers will build their nest in dense shrubs. They will raise up to 2 broods a year with as many as 7 eggs.

Featured image by Bob Lewis.


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