The Rufous-capped Warbler is a rare species in the United States. It is not reported most years, and then only one or two individuals.
Description of the Rufous-capped Warbler
Tail usually cocked, robust body. Rufous crown, white line over the eye, red to rear of eye. White under the eye. Yellow chest and upper belly. Olive back without wingbars. Short, rounded wings.
Seasonal change in appearance
Similar to adults.
Scrub or brush, often near oak woods.
Insects and spiders.
They find food by scanning very close to the ground looking for sudden movements. (Dunn and Garrett 1997)
Mexico to Central and South America. Occasional reports in Texas and Arizona.
Often flicks its cocked, spiny-looking tail in a sideways motion.
A “chit-chit-chit-chit” call. Sometimes it gives a call with a higher sounding “tsi”. (Dunn and Garrett 1997)
- No similar species in the United States.
A dome shaped nest with a side entrance. Nest made of plants and fibers placed on the side of steep banks, rocks or logs.
Number: Usually 3-4.?
Incubation and fledging:
– The young hatch at about 12-14 days?
– Young fledge at about 9-12 days, though remaining dependent on the adults for some time.
Bent Life History of the Rufous-capped Warbler