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Kentucky Warbler

Geothlypis formosa ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: PARULIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A bird of the deciduous forests of the southeastern United States, the Kentucky Warbler's loud song can be heard far more frequently than the brightly-colored bird can be seen. It stays near the ground and the lower levels of the forest, and nests on the ground.

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Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
5.1 in
13 cm
Wingspan
7.1–8.7 in
18–22 cm
Weight
0.4–0.5 oz
10–14 g
Other Names
  • Paruline du Kentucky (French)
  • Chipe patilludo (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • Unlike most songbirds, a male Kentucky Warbler appears to sing only one song type. He will sing the same one throughout his life. Although counter-singing males do not match each other's song types the way many bird species do, a male may match the pitch of a competitor's song.

Habitat


Forest

Food


Insects

Nesting

Nest Placement

Ground

Behavior


Ground Forager

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

May be declining slightly in much of range.

Credits

  • McDonald, M. V. 1998. Kentucky Warbler (Oporornis formosus). In The Birds of North America, No. 324 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

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