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Adult male
Photo by 56kingbird
New Jersey, USA, June, 2010
Setophaga discolor

Dendroica discolor


Photo by bobsofpa
Fort DeSoto Park, Florida, USA, April 2017

12 cm (4¾ in)

  • Yellow underparts
  • Flanks streaked with black
  • Olive upperparts
  • Rusty streaks on back
  • Yellow supercilium
  • Dark eye-line
  • Yellow below eye
  • Long tails

Females and juveniles are duller


Eastern North America from Missouri east to southern New York, southern Vermont, southern New Hampshire, and southern Maine south to eastern Texas east to northern Florida.

Other birds migrate to northeastern Mexico and islands in the Caribbean.


Formerly placed in genus Dendroica by Clements.


There are 2 subspecies1:

  • S. d. discolor:
  • S. d. paludicola:
  • Breeds in mangroves and adjacent habitats along coastal Florida


Tidal marshes, fields and meadows; bushes near water and forest edges.

They breed in dry scrubby areas. Brushy areas and forest edges.



Their main diet consists of insects and spiders, supplemented by fruit and berries in the winter months.


They build nests of open cups, which are usually placed in a low area of a tree or shrub. They forage for insects on tree branches.

Brown-headed Cowbird parasitise their nests.


They frequently wag their tail feathers.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Dunn, Jon; Garrett, Kimball. 1997. A Field Guide to Warblers of North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN 9780395783214
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)
  4. Wikipedia

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