Cape May Warbler Identification

Adult Description

  • Small songbird.
  • Yellow chest with thin black stripes.
  • Reddish and yellow face.
  • Pale sides of neck contrast with darker face.
  • Wingbars.
  • Yellowish rump.

Male Description

Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Chestnut or orange-brown cheek patches, contrasting with bright yellow sides of neck. Throat and breast yellow with crisp black streaks. Rump bright yellow. Crown and nape blackish. Narrow black stripe through eye. Back olive with black streaking. Large white patch in wing. White under tail. Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Duller overall, with less distinct facial markings.

Female Description

Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Head and back olive-gray. Sides of neck, throat, and breast pale yellow. Streaks on breast and sides narrow and gray. Rump yellow. Two wing bars on each wing. Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Duller and less olive. Streaking less distinct.

Immature Description

Similar to adult. Immature females may be extremely dull gray overall, with only a hint of yellow on the rump.
Relative Size

Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 4.7-5.1 in (12-13 cm)
    • Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz (9-12 g)
    • Wingspan: 7.5-8.7 in (19-22 cm)