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Arctic Warbler

Pouillot boréal

Phylloscopus borealis

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Species: The Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis) is one of the lesser seen warblers in North America, although it nests in Alaska and is found mostly in the tundra scrubland. This brown and greenish bird is common throughout the northern regions of Eurasia.

Distinctions: The male and female are very similar looking in appearance. It has a prominent white supercilium extending beyond the back of the eye. A greenish tone to the upper plumage, small white wing bar and is sometimes hard to distinguish. Off-white breast with a brownish tone on its flanks. Similar in appearance to the Willow and Dusky Warblers, has the largest bill of the three. Migrates back into Eurasia during the winter months. A small number of these birds have been identified along the western states as far as California.

Voice: Nasal or buzzy tone notes. Sings from a high perch, easy to be find and identify, continuous call notes.

Nesting: Three to five white eggs, pink or reddish-brown spots. Suspended from a fork in branches of a tree or shrub. The nest is shaped in the form of a dome with entrance on the side and is composed of fine grass, leaves, feathers and hair.

Birds of North America

Life, Habitat & Pictures of the Arctic Warbler

B L W W W Family Latin Name
5" 12.7cm 8" 20.3cm 0.35oz 9.9g Phylloscopidae Phylloscopus borealis
  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter
Arctic Warbler range

Distribution: The Arctic Warbler is seen only in Alaska except on some very rare occasions. When it is seen in the southern states bordering the Pacific Ocean. It nests along the western side of Alaska with an extension reaching eastward into the Fairbanks area. Can be view along the Denali Highway. The Kamchatka Leaf Warbler is a spit from the Arctic Warbler, both bird speciess are similar to each other.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds