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Common Yellowthroats are small songbirds with chunky, rounded heads and medium-length, slightly rounded tails. Adult males (like this spotting) are bright yellow below, with a sharp black face mask and olive upperparts. A thin whitish line sets off the black mask from the head and neck.
Yellowthroats live in open areas with thick, low vegetation, ranging from marsh to grassland to open pine forest. During migration, they use an even broader suite of habitats including backyards and forest. This one was photographed along the Constructed Wetlands Trail at the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park near Augusta (Richmond County), GA.