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Prairie Warbler Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Small songbird with thin, straight bill. Slender, with a long tail and long legs relative to other warblers.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, slightly smaller than a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 4.3 in (11 cm)
      • Weight: 0.2-0.3 oz (6.4-8.8 g)

Regional Differences

The paludicola subspecies, which breeds in Florida mangroves, averages slightly larger, with larger white spots in the tail.