Breeds in brushy, weedy clearings with some trees. It is one of the latest spring migrants of all North American warblers. Note pink legs. Sources do not agree on fall departure dates, with some indicating that departure from breeding ground starts early in August and others stating that the fall migration Mourning Warbler. Breeding in North America: c Canada to se Canada and ne USA; can be seen in 30 countries. 1964: "This species is exceedingly difficult to observe in autumn because of the heavy vegetation at that season and because the bird does not sing then. Comments by Don Verser: Many fall Mourning Warblers have yellowish throats and some have eye rings. The Mourning Warbler is among the latest of all spring migrants, and some arrive in nesting areas as late as early June. Lacks wingbars and eyerings. Get Instant ID help for 650+ North American birds. It's named for the way its dark breast and hood resemble a person in mourning. The Mourning Warbler migrates relatively early in the fall. Separation from MacGillivray's can be extremely difficult. Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) bird calls on dibird.com. Males sing a short, burry song. Posts about mourning warbler written by BirdNation Ah, fall migration! Mourning Warblers might be confused with Connecticut Warbler or Adult females are more muted in colors and lack the chest patch. Among the most renowned skulkers of the warbler family, they are common but seldom seen, particularly during migration and winter, when they are quiet. Immature birds have duller olive-green head. Forages low in shrubby vegetation, walking along branches or hopping on the ground to glean insects and larvae, and to eat fruit. The underparts are yellow and the upper breast is black. The Cornell Lab will send you updates about birds, birding, and opportunities to help bird conservation. Mourning Warbler and the closely related MacGillivray’s Warbler can be difficult to distinguish visually, and the two species often hybridize where their ranges meet. Get Instant ID help for 650+ North American birds. Until 2011, Mourning Warbler was placed in the genus. New World Warblers(Order: Passeriformes, Family:Parulidae). Immature females have less of a hooded look and show less contrast between the head and the back. Look For The mourning warbler is a small, elusive songbird with a solid gray hood covering its head and throat with a separate patch of black at the base of its chest. It's named for the way its dark breast and hood resemble a person in mourning. Mourning Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with an olive-green back, wings, tail, and gray hood. Clad in olive, gray, and yellow, with a jewel-like black chest patch in breeding males, Mourning Warblers are bright but hard-to-see birds of brushy areas. Both have olive backs, gray hoods (the lower edge is … Mourning Warbler by Nick Saunders | Macaulay Library. Yellow below with blue-gray head and olive back. The two look almost identical and the songs are also very similar. Mourning Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with an olive-green back, wings, tail, and gray hood. In the fall, this pattern becomes less bright and harder to distinguish from similar species; however they never have a broken eye ring. It has a moderately long tail and strong legs. Adult males have a gray hood, black lores and a black patch on the throat and breast. Clad in olive, gray, and yellow, with a jewel-like black chest patch in breeding males, Mourning Warblers are bright but hard-to-see birds of brushy areas. Males sing while perched fairly low in undergrowth or saplings and make rapid, skylarking song flights toward evening. Both sexes usually lack an eyering, although some adult males show thin white eye arcs (recalling the bolder marks of MacGillivray’s Warbler). The bill is thin and straight, smaller than the bill of the similar-looking Connecticut Warbler. Immature males have a paler gray hood and a partial eyering. The oldest recorded Mourning Warbler was a male, and at least 7 years, 1 month old when he was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Alberta, Canada. Often elusive and hard to see well, the Mourning Warbler sings a repetitious chant from thickets and raspberry tangles in the north woods. See more images of this species in Macaulay Library. Often favors raspberry thickets. Adult males in Newfoundland show especially blackish lores compared to mainland, especially western birds. Migrants and wintering birds usually remain hidden in dense foliage. Even while singing these birds often remain concealed—you may be able to coax one into view by making “pishing” sounds. Mourning Warbler bird information Values Conservation status LC - Least concern Mourning Warbler is the eastern counterpart of MacGillivray’s Warbler. Hops along the ground and from branch to branch often staying concealed in vegetation. Go looking for Mourning Warblers in late spring and early summer, when males sing loudly in the early morning. Adult males show black chest patch. Breeds in disturbed second-growth forested areas, with moderately closed canopy and thick understory.