Bird of the Week: Yellow-Throated Warbler

Ten Facts About Yellow-Throated Warbler

1.Yellow-Throated Warbler are migratory – they primarily breed in the southeastern United States and winter in the Caribbean or around the Gulf of Mexico (some are year-round residents in South Florida).


2. Yellow-Throated Warbler are considered a beacon of spring since they begin claiming territory (by song) at the start of spring, sometimes as early as March.


3. Yellow-Throated Warblers forage for insects by hopping and creeping along branches and tree trunks.


4. The Yellow-Throated Warbler’s bill is longer and pointier than average for a warbler, which gives it an advantage while foraging.


 Yellow Throated Warbler Beak

Yellow-Throated Warbler Beak


5. Female and immature Yellow-Throated Warbler are duller in color than a breeding male.


6. Yellow-Throated Warbler are frequently found in Cypress swamps, Coastal swamps, Live Oak/Spanish Moss forests, Pine forests, Sycamore forests and Palm trees.

 Yellow-Throated Warbler Mangrove Swamp

Yellow-Throated Warbler in Mangrove Swamp


7. Yellow-Throated Warbler nests are difficult to find because they tend to be located very high in the forest canopy.


8. Yellow-Throated Warbler are known to occasionally take suet from bird feeders, this most often occurs in the winter time.


9. The Yellow-Throated Warbler is also known as the “Yellow-Throated Creeper” and the “Sycamore Warbler.”


10. At one point the Bahama Warbler (Dendroica flavescens) was considered a subspecies of the Yellow-Throated Warbler. Bahama Warbler are native to the Bahamas and have longer, more curved beaks. 


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