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Photo by Glen Tepke.
Public Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 8 May 2004.
Setophaga striata

Dendroica striata


Photo by Glen Tepke
Central Park, New York, USA, May 2004

14 cm (5½ in)
All ages

  • Yellow legs (blackish in most other Setophaga species)

Summer male

  • Dark-streaked brown back
  • White face
  • Black crown
  • White underparts with black streaks
  • Two white wing bars


  • Paler than summer male
  • Grey crown and face


  • Green heads
  • Dark-streaked green upperparts
  • Yellow breast
  • Yellow extending to the belly in young birds.


First Fall Plumage
Photo by etow
Ohio, USA, October 2006

Breeds in northern boreal forests from Alaska south to central Canada (absent only from southern Canada and extreme arctic Canada. In the United States breeds in northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and in the Adirondacks and Catskills in New York.

Migrates mainly through the eastern United States. Their fall migration route is notable, as many take off from south-eastern Canada and north-eastern US and fly non-stop over the western Atlantic to South America; they average 11 grams when they depart and 7 when they arrive. Scarce on migration west of Mississippi, but a few reach as far west as California, mainly in fall.

Winters in northern South America, mainly in the western Amazon basin, south to about 15°S.

Casual to accidental vagrant to Greenland (7 records), Iceland (6 records), Ireland (9 records), Great Britain (46 records), France (2 records), and Galapagos Islands (1 record).


This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly placed in the genus Dendroica.


Mature deciduous trees, coniferous forest, particularly spruce, cypress trees in coastal scrub. Swampy woodland. Also urban parks on migration.



The diet consists of insects and arthropods, especially spiders. They also eat a few seeds and berries during the autumn and winter.


The 4-9 eggs are laid in a cup-shaped nest which is placed in a conifer. They generally have two broods in the season.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)
  4. Wikipedia

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