French: Paruline de Lucy German: Rotbürzel-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita de Lucy
J. G. Cooper
Fort Mojave, near latitude 35° N, Colorado Valley, Arizona, USA
Patchily in SW USA (from S Nevada and S Utah S to S California, E to extreme W Texas, sporadically in SW Colorado) and extreme N Mexico (N Chihuahua). Migrates to coastal regions of W Mexico, mainly from S Sonora S to Guerrero and, rarely, Oaxaca.
11 cm; 5·1–7·9 g. A very small parulid. Male is essentially grey above and off-white below, with contrasting rufous patch on crown (more obvious than that... read more
Song rather variable, but typically a short twittering trill followed by several slower notes on... read more
Breeds in mesquite (Prosopis) scrub/woodland, principally in riparian growth with mesquite... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds almost entirely on insects, but has been recorded as taking spiders (Araneae). Forages mainly by gleaning at low to middle levels in... read more
Season Apr–Jul, egg-laying Apr–Jun; probably double-brooded. Nest a compact cup of fine grasses, dry leaves and twigs, lined... read more
Short-distance migrant. Leaves breeding grounds early, mainly during Jul, and moves S along coast... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout its range. In optimum riparian habitat, densities of up to 12·5 pairs/ha reported, but much lower figures of 200–229... read more
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