Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
5 1/2" (14 cm). Olive above, yellow below. Male has yellow face, black hood and black throat. Female lacks hood or has only a trace of it. Both sexes have white tail spots. See Bachman's Warbler.
Clear, ringing tawee-tawee-tawee-tee-o.
dawn song #2
dawn song #1
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Mature, moist forests with luxuriant undergrowth, especially in ravines; also in wooded swamps.
Breeds from Iowa, Michigan, and southern New England south to Gulf Coast and northern Florida. Winters in tropics.
The male is one of the most handsome in the family and, unlike many others, has a loud, penetrating, and very melodious song. Even the female, which is much less strikingly patterned and colored, has conspicuous white tail spots and flirts her tail-like the male-by flashing the white tail patches as she moves about. This species usually ranges at a low level, rarely 10 feet (3 meters) above the ground. Like most members of the family, it is adept at fly-catching.
3 or 4 creamy-white, brown-spotted eggs in a grass-lined nest of dead leaves and plant fibers, placed low in a small tree or shrub.