Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Warblers of Southern Arizona: Red Faced Warbler

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

Red Faced Warbler

Distinctive Identification Marks: red face, throat, and upper breast; black cap and ear flaps; white bar on back of head; pale white rump; white belly;

Frequency: Uncommon

Season: April through September

Range:  Southeast Arizona

Mid Tree
Lower Tree and Brush
Occasionally on Ground
High elevations in shaded canyons in mixed forests (fir, pine, oak)

Feeding Behavior:
Gleaning: perched bird takes prey from branch (especially caterpillars)
Hawking: perched bird takes prey from air

Nests on ground typically in a small hole beneath and fallen branch; open cup of bark, dead leaves and pine needles

General Behavior:
Very active; constant movement
Will sometimes travel in small flocks or mixed flocks (especially Painted Redstarts)

Where to Find:  Mount Lemmon (Incinerator Ridge, Marshall Gulch, Bear Wallow)

Chance of Finding: 60% during season at the locations noted above

In Ponderosa Pine

In Deciduous Tree

On Open Branch

On Ground

In fall

With Caterpillar

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