Grace's WarblerSetophaga graciae
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Parulidae
The tiny, restless Grace's Warbler is a specialist in mature pine forests in the southwestern U.S. and points south. These gray, white, and yellow warblers stay in the treetops, where they hop among small branches or disappear into clumps of pine needles, both to catch insects and to visit nests hidden within. As its mature-pine habitat has disappeared over the last half-century, Grace's Warbler numbers have dwindled, and they are now on the Yellow Watch List for species with declining populations.More ID Info
Find This Bird
Finding Grace’s Warblers in their breeding range is relatively easy. Visit the beautiful pine and pine-oak forests of the southwestern U.S. and listen for the male’s accelerating, trilling song. Getting a clear look is a bit more difficult because of these birds' restless foraging pace and preference for treetops—so use a bit of patience to get a good view of one. (If following a bird way up high gives you painful "warbler neck", it can be more comfortable to lie on the ground and look up.)
- Reinita de Grace (Spanish)
- Paruline de Grace (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Grace’s Warbler is named for Grace Darling Coues, the sister of ornithologist Elliott Coues, who reported this species in the Rocky Mountains in 1864. Grace Coues was just 18 years old when her brother’s colleague, Spencer Fullerton Baird, wrote the scientific description for the species and named it in her honor.
- Grace’s Warbler looks like and is closely related to the Yellow-throated Warbler of the eastern U.S. But unlike that long-billed species, it does not probe into bark crannies or pine cones for insects, which probably reduces competition between these species where their wintering ranges overlap.