Living Bird Magazine
Nashville WarblerOreothlypis ruficapilla
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Parulidae
A small, sprightly songbird of second-growth forests, the Nashville Warbler breeds in both north-central North America and an isolated portion of the mountainous Pacific Northwest. It nests on the ground and feeds almost exclusively on insects.More ID Info
- Chipe Cabeza Gris (Spanish)
- Paruline à joues grises (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Nashville Warbler sometimes uses porcupine quills as nest material.
- Most first-year Nashville Warblers migrate along the Atlantic coast, while adults tend to migrate along inland routes.
- The Nashville Warbler does not regularly breed near Nashville, Tennessee, but was first observed there in 1811 by Alexander Wilson, who named the species.
- The western population of the Nashville Warbler was once considered a separate species, called the "Calaveras Warbler." It is slightly brighter than eastern birds, with a brighter yellow rump, more extensive white feathers on the lower belly, and a slightly longer tail.
- The oldest recorded Nashville Warbler was a male, and at least 10 years, 2 months old, when he was recpatured and rereleased during banding operations in Ontario.