Magnolia Warbler Identification

Adult Description

  • Small songbird.
  • Yellow chest and throat.
  • Black necklace and black stripes down sides.
  • White wingbars or large white patch on wings.
  • Gray crown.
  • Yellow rump.
  • Large white patch in black-tipped tail.

Male Description

Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Black mask, white eyebrow stripe. Conspicuous black band across the upper breast, with heavy black streaks on the sides, wide white wing-panels, and a black back. Rump yellow.
Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Duller with reduced streaking, two white wingbars, and greenish back. Lacks black face mask; face gray with white eyering.

Female Description

Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Gray face, white eyebrow stripe, modest black streaks on the sides, and thin white wingbars.
Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: similar to nonbreeding male, with an olive-tinged crown and less streaking.

Immature Description

Similar to nonbreeding adult, but without black streaking on chest. Olive-gray crown and upperparts. Throat, breast and belly yellow, with pale gray band across upper chest. Narrow white wingbars.
Relative Size

Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 4.3-5.1 in (11-13 cm)
    • Weight: 0.2-0.5 oz (6-15 g)
    • Wingspan: 6.3-7.9 in (16-20 cm)