Living Bird Magazine
Hermit WarblerSetophaga occidentalis
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Parulidae
A denizen of tall western coniferous forests, the Hermit Warbler is restricted to California, Oregon, and Washington. Because it lives in the tops of some of the tallest trees on the planet, it is more easily heard than seen.More ID Info
- Reinita Cabecigualda (Spanish)
- Paruline à tête jaune (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Hermit Warbler hybridizes with the Townsend's Warbler where their ranges overlap in Oregon and Washington. The hybrid zones are rather narrow and appear to be slowly moving, with the more aggressive Townsend's Warbler displacing the Hermit Warbler.
- Hermit Warbler females have been found to prefer to mate with Townsend's Warbler-type males, but no evidence was found of Townsend's Warbler females mating with Hermit Warbler males.
- The oldest recorded Hermit Warbler was a female, and at least 9 years, 1 month old when she was recaptured and rereleased in California in 2006.