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Orange-crowned Warbler


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A small, rather drab warbler of shrubs and low vegetation, the Orange-crowned Warbler is common and widespread in the West, but is much less common in most of the East. It can be one of the most numerous migrant warblers in the western and central United States, but its numbers decrease to the east.

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Adult Description

  • Small songbird; medium-sized warbler.
  • Dusky olive-green overall.
  • Faintly streaked chest.
  • Yellow under tail.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but duller; may show thin buffy wingbars.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Tennessee Warbler can be very similar, but usually has white undertail, lacks the faint blurred streaks on the sides of the breast, lack the split eyering, and shows a brighter green back.
  • Philadelphia Vireo is not as dull, has a thicker bill and a whitish stripe over the eye, lacks dusky chest streaking, and moves more slowly.
  • Nashville Warbler has brighter yellow underparts and a white eyering.
  • Hutton's Vireo has light wingbars.
  • Yellow Warbler has plainer face with more prominent dark eyes, and has yellow tail spots.