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A mid-sized "New World" warbler, though it is one of the largest species in the Setophaga genus, it ranges 4.7 to 5.9 inches in length and wingspan is 7.5 to 9.4 inches. In summers, males have streaked backs of black on slate blue, white wing patches, a streaked breast, and conspicuous yellow patches on the crown, flank, and rump. Females are are more dull, with brown streaking front and back, but still have noticeable yellow rumps.
Shrubs or scattered trees, such as parks, streamside woodlands, open pine and pine-oak forest, dunes (where bayberries are common), and residential areas.