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Lucy's Warbler

Oreothlypis luciae ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: PARULIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

One of the smallest warblers, the Lucy's Warbler is a bird of the hot Sonoran desert. It occupies the driest habitat of all the warblers breeding in that area.

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Appearance

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Adult Description

  • Small gray songbird.
  • Gray above, off-white or buffy white below.
  • Faint pale stripe over eye.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but lacks crown patch and has faint buffy white wingbars.

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Similar Species

  • Distinguished from all other warblers by rufous rump and complete lack of yellow.
  • Bell's Vireo has heavier bill and pale wingbars.
  • Gnatcatchers are slimmer, have longer tails with black and white.
  • Juvenile Verdin has longer tail and is uniformly gray with little contrast above and below.

    Backyard Tips

    Consider putting up a nest box to attract a breeding pair. Make sure you put it up well before breeding season. Attach a guard to keep predators from raiding eggs and young. Find out more about nest boxes on our Attract Birds pages. You'll find plans for building a nest box of the appropriate size on our All About Birdhouses site.