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Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Yellowthroat

This is a gay little warbler that is abundant, at least in summer, across the United States and most of Canada wherever there are moist shrubby areas.  It's a permanent resident in southern-most United States and northern Mexico--and north up the Pacific coast to San Francisco.  The yellowthroat lives in shrubs in moist areas, showing its distinctive markings to passersby.  The female doesn't have a black mask, but otherwise looks much like the male.

These warblers nest on or near the ground in moist areas and eat mainly insects, including plant lice; don't look for them in the tops of tall trees.  Adults are about 5 inches long.  There are, of course, a lot of warblers over the continent, but the yellowthroat is widely distributed and widely admired.  Keep your wet areas if you want to keep yellowthroats around.


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