Virginia's WarblerVermivora virginiae
4-4 1/4" (10-11 cm). Male gray above, with yellow breast, rump, and undertail coverts. Throat and belly white. Chestnut crown patch and white eye ring visible at close range. Female is duller.
Song a musical seedle-seedle-seedle, sweet, sweet. Call is a sharp plink.
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Scrub oak and other chaparral, pinyon-juniper brushland, pine and oak woodlands.
Breeds from southeastern California, southern Idaho, and northern Colorado south to Arizona, New Mexico, and western Texas. Winters south of U.S.-Mexico border.
This warbler forages for insects and spiders in scrub oaks near the ground. Though males occasionally use a song post such as the top of a juniper, they also sing while feeding in the middle of the chaparral. Virginia's closely resembles three other warblers: Nashville, Lucy's, and the rare Colima.
3-5 white, finely speckled eggs in a loosely built cup nest on the ground.