- A small warbler, the males have a cerulean blue back and cheeks, white chest and belly with a dark ring across the chest. The streaks on the side are the same colour as back.
- Females are more blue-grey and the chest and belly are slightly yellowish.
- Both sexes have two broad white wing bars.
Feeds on insects.
Habits and Reproduction
- Since they nest and feed high in the tree canopy it is easier to learn their distinctive call and identify this bird by ear rather than sight.
- Lay a clutch of 3-4 eggs in a nest made from bark fibres, grass and spider webs.
- Overwinters in central and northern South America.
- Prefer large areas of relatively undisturbed deciduous forests.
- Brown-headed Cowbirds lay their eggs in the warbler’s nest and the young cowbirds out compete the young warblers (brood parasitism).
- Loss and degradation of habitat in both the breeding and over wintering habitat.
- If you’re a coffee drinker, try to buy shade grown, preferably organic coffee. You’ll help protect over wintering habitat for many of our song birds.
- Choose wood products that are harvested from certified FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) forests.
- Purchase paper products that are 100 percent post consumer recycled content