Living Bird Magazine
Red-faced WarblerCardellina rubrifrons
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Parulidae
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.More ID Info
- Reinita Carirroja (Spanish)
- Paruline à face rouge (French)
- 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.