Sunday, July 24, 2011

Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

All The Birds Of North America: Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

Common Yellowthroats spend much of their time near the ground in thickets or brush that offer good cover. Because they breed almost throughout North America, these birds show a fair amount of geographical variation; as a rule, birds in the West tend to be brighter yellow than their eastern counterparts. At nesting season, the male can be conspicuous, flying up from a perch to deliver a musical medley of notes

Identification Greenish-brown or olive above with bright yellow breast and throat. Male has broad black mask across eyes; female and immature lack mask.

Voice A fast, repeated vritchity-ivitchity-witchity-ivitchity-vrit; call note a tckip or chik.

Habitat Brushy swamps, moist brambles, and thickets, streamside growth, grassy marshes, and forest edges near water.

Range Breeds throughout most of North America; winters from South Carolina and central California southward.

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