Nashville Warblers, Vermivora ruficapilla


Nashville WarblerThe Nashville Warbler, Vermivora ruficapilla, is a small songbird in the New World warbler family.

Although named after Nashville, Tennessee, the Nashville warbler only visits that area during migration.


They have olive-brown upperparts, a white belly and a yellow throat and breast; they have a white eye ring, no wing bars and a thin pointed bill.

Adult males have a grey head with a rusty crown patch (often not visible)

Females and immature birds have a duller olive-grey head.

The Nashville Warbler is closely related to Virginia's Warbler, Lucy's Warbler and Colima Warbler, the four sharing generally similar plumage.

Distribution / Breeding

Nashville warblers breed in open mixed woods and bog habitats in Canada and the northeastern and western United States of America. They conceal their open cup-shaped nests on the ground under shrubs.

They migrate to southernmost Texas, Mexico and Central America in winter.

Nashville WarblersDiet / Feeding

They forage in the lower parts of trees and shrubs, frequently flicking their tails; these birds mainly eat insects.

Song / Vocalizations

The song of the eastern (typical) race of the Nashville warbler consists of a rapid seewit-seewit-seewit-ti-ti-ti. Males sing from open perches on the nesting territory. The call sounds like a high seet. Western birds, of the race ridgwayi, have a slightly lower-pitched, richer song, and a sharper call note.

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