Bay-breasted Warbler — Setophaga castanea

Order Passeriformes
Family Parulidae
Genus Setophaga
Species castanea

The male has a distinctive chestnut crown, throat and flanks. It has two bold white wing bars and a black face mask. The female is olive-yellow above with light chestnut markings on its chest and flank. This species is a late spring migrant (mid to late May in Virginia) and nests in coniferous forests in Canada. It moves slowly about in search of food and occasionally pumps its tail.

Bay-breasted Warbler
© Diane Lepkowski

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Photo by Diane Lepkowski

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