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Connecticut Warbler

Paruline à gorge grise

Oporornis agilis

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 Connecticut Warbler

Species: The Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis) is probably the most difficult warbler to see in North America, and a bird sought after by all keen birders. It is a habitant of northern spruce bog swamps in the east and poplars stands in the west. It is very hard to observe, because it feeds on the ground or close to it, preferring heavy ground growth. Warblers similar to it is the Mourning Warbler (no eye rings), and the MacGillivray's Warbler (partial eye ring above and below eye), forming two distinct crescents.

Distinctions: The male has a bluish-gray face and throat. A very distinguished white eye ring seen on the male, female and juveniles. Lemon coloured breast and under tail coverts. Brownish-green back, wings, and tail, olive green showing on back of crown. Pink legs and partially pink bill. The female has similar colours, but duller. Juvenile is mostly brown on upper half, with lemon coloured breast and under tail.

Voice: Chipping call, chippy-chipper-chippy-chipper song, repeated over.

Nesting: Three to five creamy white coloured eggs marked with brown spots. Builds nest on the ground, or in shrubs close to the forest floor. The nest is composed of leaves, twigs, formed in moss.

Birds of North America

Seen in Manitoba, thanks to Christian Artuso

Life, Habitat and Pictures of the Connecticut Warbler

B L W W W Family Latin Name
5.75" 14.6cm 9" 22.9cm 0.5 oz 14.2g Parulidae Oporornis agilis

  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter

Distribution: Found from the central regions of Quebec, as far north as James Bay, west through the central portions of the prairies into northern British Columbia, just south of the western Great Lakes. Migrates in the fall through the Atlantic coastal states, spending its winters in central parts of South America.

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