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Red-faced Warbler


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The Red-faced Warbler is a colorful bird of the Mexican mountains. In the United States it is found only in the high elevation forests of Arizona and New Mexico.

At a GlanceHelp

Both Sexes
5.5 in
14 cm
8.3 in
21 cm
0.3–0.4 oz
8–11 g
Other Names
  • Paruline à face rouge (French)
  • Coloradito, Gorjeador cora roja, Gorjeador cabecirroja, Chipe de cara roja (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • Either sex can solicit copulations in the breeding season. Both quiver their wings when soliciting. The male shows off his white rump patch as much as possible, keeping it oriented to the female while moving around her.
  • Extra-pair copulations are common in the species. Over 45% of all nests in one study contained young that did not belong to the apparent breeding male.
  • The Red-faced Warbler seems to be sensitive to disturbance of its breeding habitat. Logging can cause the decrease in numbers or complete disappearance from an area.



Breeds in high elevation fir, pine, and pine-oak forests.



Insects, especially caterpillars.


Nesting Facts
Clutch Size
3–6 eggs
Egg Description
White with fine brown speckles, concentrated around larger end.
Condition at Hatching
Helpless with sparse down.
Nest Description

Nest placed in small hole in ground, beneath a log or plant. Cup of bark, dead leaves or pine needles. Lined with grass and hair.

Nest Placement



Foliage Gleaner

Gleans insects from outer branches of trees, and flycatches.


status via IUCN

Least Concern

Red-faced Warbler population trends are difficult to track; the species may be declining slightly. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 700,000 with 36% breeding in the U.S., and 83% spending part of the year in Mexico. The species rates a 13 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. Red-faced Warbler is a U.S.-Canada Stewardship species, and is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.


  • Martin, T. E., and P. M. Barber. 1995. Red-faced Warbler (Cardellina rubrifrons). In The Birds of North America, No. 152 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, and The American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.
  • North American Bird Conservation Initiative, U.S. Committee. 2014. State of the Birds 2014 Report. U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, DC.
  • Partners in Flight. 2012. Species assessment database.
  • Pyle, P. 1997. Identification Guide to North American Birds. Part I. Columbidae to Ploceidae. Slate Creek Press, Bolinas, CA.

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