French: Paruline à ailes blanches German: Rotbrust-Waldsänger Spanish: Candelita aliblanca
Other common names:
Real de Monte, Hidalgo, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
M. p. pictus
(Swainson, 1829) – SW USA (Arizona and SW New Mexico; irregular in Texas) S to SC Mexico (Veracruz and Oaxaca); N birds migrate into S part of range.
M. p. guatemalae
(Sharpe, 1885) – S Mexico (Chiapas) S locally to N Nicaragua.
13·5 cm; 5·9–11·5 g. Distinctive parulid; frequently spreads wings and fans tail, revealing prominent white patches. Nominate race has head, throat... read more
Song a short, rich musical warble often transcribed as "weeta weeta weeta wee",... read more
Occurs in pine-oak (Pinus-Quercus) and pinyon-juniper (Pinus-... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds mainly on insects; also takes sugar water and visits feeders in S USA (Arizona); recorded as drinking sap from deciduous trees in... read more
Season Apr to early Jul, egg-laying Apr–Jun; often double-brooded, two out of ten females rearing second brood in one Arizona study.... read more
Resident in C & S of range. Those breeding in N are mostly short-distance migrants, most moving... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to abundant throughout most of range. Estimates of densities in Arizona vary from 0·15 birds/ha in oak-juniper woodland to 1·71 birds/... read more
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