Blue-winged WarblerVermivora cyanoptera

adult male (breeding)
Gerard Bailey/VIREO
adult female, breeding
Johann Schumacher/VIREO
adult male, breeding
Garth McElroy/VIREO
adult male, breeding
Glenn Bartley/VIREO
immature male (1st spring)
Brian E. Small/VIREO
immature female (1st fall)
Gerard Bailey/VIREO
Blue-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler

Family

Description

4 1/2" (11 cm). Sexes similar, mostly bright yellow with blue-gray wings, 2 white wing bars, and black line through eye. Greenish back and tail.

Voice

Insect-like buzzy song, which sounds like a tired sigh, seee-bzzz, the bzzz pitched lower.

Listen

dawn song #2
alarm chips
dawn song #3
dawn song #1
song variant
normal song

Habitat

Abandoned fields and pastures grown up to saplings; forest clearings and edges with clumps of catbrier, blackberry, and various bushes and young trees.

Range

Breeds from Nebraska, central Iowa, southern Wisconsin, southern Ontario, and central New England south through east-central and Atlantic Coast states to northern Georgia. Winters in tropics.

Discussion

This warbler perches motionless for minutes at a time when uttering its song. It frequently hybridizes with its close relative the Golden-winged Warbler. Where the ranges of the two species overlap, the Blue-winged is crowding out the Golden-winged.

Nesting

5 brown-dotted white eggs in a grass-lined cup of dead leaves and fibers, placed on or very near the ground in thick undergrowth.

Similar Species

adult male, Interior West, breeding

Yellow Warbler

4 1/2-5" (11-13 cm). Bright yellow with a light olive green tinge on back. Male has fine rusty streaks on breast. The only largely yellow warbler with yellow spots in the tail (not white).

adult male

Northern Parula

4 1/2" (11 cm). A small warbler; blue above with yellow-green "saddle" on its back, yellow throat and breast, and white belly; 2 white wing bars. Male has orange-brown chest band.

adult male

Tropical Parula

4-5" (10-13 cm). A small, bluish-backed warbler with bright yellow underparts, 2 white wing bars, and patch of olive green in middle of back. Male has orange wash on breast.

adult male

Prothonotary Warbler

5 1/2" (14 cm). Male golden-orange with blue-gray wings; no wing bars; large white spots in tail. Female similar but duller.

adult male, Pacific

Wilson's Warbler

4 1/2-5" (11-13 cm). Adult male olive green above and yellow below, with black crown patch.

Vireo

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