French: Paruline à joues grises German: Rubinfleck-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita de Nashville
A. Wilson, 1811,
near Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Subspecies and Distribution
L. r. ridgwayi
(van Rossem, 1929) – from SW Canada (S British Columbia, SW Alberta) S in USA to C California; migrates to wintering grounds mainly in W Mexico (a few also in coastal S California).
L. r. ruficapilla
(A. Wilson, 1811) – S & SE Canada (Saskatchewan E to S Quebec and S Newfoundland) and NE USA (Minnesota E to New England, and S in Appalachians to West Virginia); migrates to E Mexico and Guatemala, and locally to El Salvador, a few also in S Texas (and casually along Gulf coast to NW Florida).
11–12 cm; 6·7–13·9 g. A small, dainty parulid. Male nominate race breeding is olive-green above with contrasting grey head and neck, bold white... read more
Song of nominate is a series of “see-see” notes followed by a trill, similar to that of... read more
Nominate race breeds in tamarack (Larix) and spruce (Picea) bogs in boreal forest... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds principally on insects, also some other invertebrates; also nectar and berries in winter. Forages at all levels from lower branches... read more
Season May–Aug; egg-laying May–Jul, usually Jun–Jul. Nest a cup of moss, bark strips, leaves and grass, lined with fine... read more
Migratory. Nominate race leaves breeding grounds during Aug and Sept, heads mostly S through... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common. Has probably increased over the last century in many areas owing to local increases in favoured habitat following... read more
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