The Kirtland’s Warbler has bluish-gray upperparts streaked with black, yellow underparts with black streaking on the flanks, and a broken eye ring.
FemaleSexes similar, though females are duller.
Seasonal change in appearanceNone.
JuvenileJuveniles resemble adult females but are browner.
HabitatYoung jack pine forests.
DietInsects and berries.
BehaviorForages in low vegetation or on the ground.
Breeds primarily in a small area of Michigan and winters in the Bahamas. Currently increasing thanks to intensive management.
Bent Life History
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Kirtland’s Warblers defend larger territories than most other warblers.
Some Kirtland’s Warblers are extremely tame and will allow a close approach to a nest.
VocalizationsThe song is a series of sharp notes and whistles.
The nest is a cup of plant materials, hair, and fibers placed on the ground.