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Crescent-chested Warbler

This tiny Warbler has a small range, but its numbers are stable.

The Crescent-chested Warbler is very rare in the United States, a few records for Arizona and Texas.


Description of the Crescent-chested Warbler


Yellow underparts, a gray head, and greenish back. Broad white line over the eye.

Chestnut crescent on its breast.


Similar to male but chestnut crescent is paler.

Seasonal change in appearance



Similar to adult females bit crescent reduced or absent.


Tropical and sub-tropical forest areas. When in the U.S. seen in pine-oak woodlands.


Insects, some fruits and berries.


Forages by jumping through twigs and foliage, picking food from the underside of leaves, and hanging beneath leaves.


Mexico and Nicaragua. Population status unknown.


A buzzy Zit-zit-zit-zit-zit-zit-zit.


Similar Species

  • Somewhat similar to Northern Parula.  Look for white bar over eye and plain wings without wingbars.


Nests atop grassy tussocks or sheltered by a hill or bank near the ground.  Nest made of moss, grass, conifer needles, and fine materials to line the nest.

Number: Usually 3.?
Color: Whitish in color.

Incubation and fledging:
– The young hatch at about 12-14 days?
– Young fledge at about 8-10 days.


Bent Life History of the Crescent-chested Warbler

About the Author

Sam Crowe

Sam is the founder of He has been birding for over 30 years and has a world list of over 2000 species. He has served as treasurer of the Texas Ornithological Society, Sanctuary Chair of Dallas Audubon, Editor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds" web site and as a contributing editor for Birding Business magazine. Many of his photographs and videos can be found on the site.

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