Dendroica coronata
(Yellow-rumped Warbler)

Order: Passeriformes
Order Description: Passerines
Family: Parulidae
Family Description: Wood Warblers

Physical Description:
5-6" (13-15 cm). Gray with dark streaking on back and breast; white belly. Yellow on crownClick word for definition, throat, rump, and armpits. Two white wing bars; white eyering. Females, juveniles, and non-breeding males duller.

Similar Species- Grace's Warbler

Fast warble, almost a trill.

Breeds from Alaska and Canada, south to north-central and northeastern U.S. and through western U.S. into Baja California. Winters from southwestern Canada and northwestern, central and east-central U.S., south throughout western Mexico to Guatemala and uncommonly to Honduras. Species is one of the most abundant and widely distributed warblers.

When breeding, found in forests or open woodlands. During migrationClick word for definition and in winter, found in open forests, woodlands, savannas, roadsides, pastures, and scrub habitat. May be seen in parks and gardens.

Feeds on insects (ants, wasps, flies, beetles, mosquitoes, etc.), spiders, and some berries and seeds. May drink tree sap.

Builds cup-shaped nest on horizontal branch in coniferousClick word for definition tree. Forages by moving slowly over trunks and branches, by catching insects in flight, or by hopping on ground.

Female incubatesClick word for definition 4-5 eggs for 12-13 days. Nestlings are tended by both parents, but are brooded by female. Young leave nest in 12-14 days.

Element Code: ABPBX03060
Status: Protected nongame species
Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5,NTMB
National Rank: N5B,N5N

Important State References:
Douglas, D.C., J.T. Ratti, R.A. Black, and J.R. Alldredge. 1992. Avian habitat associations in riparian zones of Idaho's Centennial Mountains. Wilson Bull. 104:485-500.

Original images provided by C. Trost,© 2000
Design by Ean Harker©1999, 2000.
Written by Jason Karl, 2000.