Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina)


French: Paruline obscure German: Brauenwaldsänger Spanish: Reinita de Tennessee

Sylvia peregrina

A. Wilson

, 1811,

banks of Cumberland River, Tennessee, USA


Has hybridized with L. ruficapilla. Monotypic.


Canada (Yukon and British Columbia E to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia) and NE USA (S to N New England); also, rare, in SE Alaska and NW Montana; migrates to area mainly from S Mexico S to NW South America, a few in W Caribbean.

Descriptive notes

10–13 cm; 6·2–18·4 g. A rather short-tailed warbler. Male breeding is olive-green above, darker on wings and tail, with contrasting grey head with... read more


Song usually consists of three distinct parts: a series of rapid double notes, followed by a series... read more


Breeds in variety of coniferous, mixed and deciduous forest, also alder (Alnus) and willow... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects, especially lepidopteran larvae, in summer, and in winter fruits, berries and nectar, as well as insects; flowering trees... read more


Season Jun–Aug, egg-laying Jun–Jul; rarely double-brooded, but replacement clutch may be laid up to early Aug. Nest a cup of... read more


Long-distance migrant. Leaves breeding grounds mainly during second half Aug, moving S or SE to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to abundant throughout breeding range; numbers fluctuate from year to year in response to cyclical fluctuations of... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2019). Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 5 December 2019).