Adult male © Ryan Sanderson eBird S70632076 Macaulay Library ML 249203731
Female © Ryan Schain
Immature male © Greg Gillson
Immature female © Matt Davis
Adult male (chapalensis) © Andrew Spencer
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Adult male © Ryan Schain
Female © Davey Walters
Adult male © Zoe Finney
Female © Tim Lenz

Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

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Small warbler, dull olive overall with intense yellow throat. Adult males have black mask bordered above by a white band. Females and immatures are duller but always have contrasting yellow throat and undertail coverts. Common and widespread breeder throughout North America. Found in shrubby wet areas, including marshes, forest edges, and fields. Often hides in thick vegetation, but males often perch conspicuously when singing. Listen for ringing “witchity-witchity-witchity” song and low, harsh call notes. Very short, rounded wings, which equates to it being a short-distance migrant: winters from the southern U.S. to Central America.