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tennessee warbler

Oreothlypis peregrina


migrating thru High Island, TX. Male Description Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Forehead, crown and nape pale bluish gray. Sides of face and neck pale gray. White eyestripe above a dark line through eyes. Back, wings, and rump bright olive-green. Dull whitish from chin to undertail. May have slight yellowish wash across breast or on flanks. Wing feathers and tail dark gray. Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Plumage duller, with head and nape gray-green, similar to rest of upperparts. Variable yellowish wash on throat and breast. Belly and undertail whitish. Female Description Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Forehead, crown, and nape olive-gray. Sides of face and eyestripe grayish white tinged with yellow. Dusky line through eyes. Back, wings, and rump olive-green. Dull whitish from chin to undertail, with variable yellowish wash across breast and flanks. Wing feathers and tail dark gray. Nonbreeding(Basic) Plumage: Plumage duller, with more yellow on underparts, especially belly and flanks. Immature Description Juvenile similar to nonbreeding female, but duller and darker green, with only indistinct pale eyeline and dusky eyestripe. Underparts pale yellow, darker on upper belly and flanks. Two faint wingbars on each wing


open areas containing grasses, dense shrubs, and young deciduous trees. Winters in open second growth forests and agricultural habitats, such as shade coffee plantations


The Tennessee Warbler breeds no closer to the state of Tennessee than northern Michigan, more than 600 miles away, and it winters some 1,400 miles away in southern Mexico and southward. It was given its name in 1811 by Alexander Wilson who first encountered the bird in Tennessee during its migration.

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Texas, USA

Spotted on May 5, 2013
Submitted on May 9, 2013

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