Thursday, January 7, 2016

Warblers of Southern Arizona: Common Yellowthroat

Continuing my series on Warblers of Southern Arizona, in alphabetical order, next up:

Common Yellowthroat

Distinctive Identification Marks: Black mask through eyes and forehead in male; Olive back; Yellow throat; faint but complete eyeing in female

Frequency: common

Season: April through November

Range: Throughout the United States

Habitat: Brush, Ground

Feeding Behavior: Pouncing: perched bird takes prey from ground; also gleaning from leaves, bark, branches, flowers, or fruit in low vegetation; diet includes bugs, flies, beetles, ants, termites, bees, wasps, grasshoppers, dragonflies, damselflies, moths, butterflies, caterpillars, and other larvae.

General Behavior: Skulking

Where to Find: Sweetwater Wetlands, Patagonia Sonoita Creek Preserve, San Pedro River, Empire Gulch

Chance of Finding: Very secretive; knowing and identifying the song is helpful in locating; if patient and still it might come out from wed beds and forage along water; 25% in preferred season and habitat.

Male with Damselfly

1st Year


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