Connecticut Warbler

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Oporornis agilis

Connecticut Warbler

The Connecticut Warbler is a small songbird, but large compared to other warblers. It is a shy warbler of dense thickets and undergrowth and generally quite difficult to observe.

Both sexes measure about 5.1 - 5.9 inches in length, with a wingspan of 8.7 - 4 inches wingspan and weight of 15 - 15.2 grams.

They have light yellow underparts and olive upper-parts, a light eye ring, pink legs, long tail, pale wing bars and a thin pointed bill.

Males have a gray hood.

Females and immatures are more brown and have a whitish throat.

CALL: A nasal pitch, that sounds like a raspy "witch".

SONG: A loud repeated "cheepa- cheepa". It is "similar in pitch to the Kentucky warbler and the Ovenbird". Like many songbirds, its song is heard during breeding season but rarely during the fall.

Eat mostly insects, spiders, and other arthropods.

Often found in forested bogs and other wetlands on its summer breeding grounds. Generally found low in dense undergrowth or shrubby areas during migration through the state.

Summers in central and southern Canada, and near the Great Lakes.

Winters in South America.

Their nest is a cup of grasses, leaves, weeds, sedges, fine roots, and hair such as horsehair. It is made on the ground or very close to the ground, in dense undergrowth, often in thickets or at the base of a bush, and normally well hidden by the undergrowth.

The female lays 3 - 5 creamy white eggs with dark speckle. Incubation is done by the female only.


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