Common Yellowthroat

(Geothlypis trichas)

Conservation Status
Common Yellowthroat
Photo by Lynn Rubey
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern


N5 - Secure

SNRB - Unranked Breeding


not listed






5 in length

7 wingspan




Similar Species


Wetlands, especially cattail marshes, but also sedge meadows, wet meadows, and wet forests




Late April to mid-October








Adult insects, insect larvae, and occasionally seeds




Common to abundant migrant and breeder




The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

  Class Aves (birds)  


Passeriformes (perching birds)  


Parulidae (New World warblers, wood warblers)  


Geothlypis (yellowthroats and allies)  

Subordinate Taxa


Athens Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas typhicola)

Brownsville Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas insperata)

Chapala Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas chapalensis)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas melanops)

Eastern Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas trichas)

Florida Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas ignota)

Northern Plains Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas campicola)

Pacific Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas arizela)

Salt-marsh Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas sinuosa)

San Blas Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas modesta)

Sonora Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas chryseola)

Tule Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas scirpicola)

Western Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas occidentalis)















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Ramona Abrego

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Lynn Rubey

  A male Common Yellowthroat along the Minnesota River in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge often hiding in the shrubs before coming out to perch.   Common Yellowthroat  
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Allen Chartier

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Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren

  Common Yellowthroat  

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Craig A. Mullenbach

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WIld Bird Video Productions

Uploaded on May 10, 2011

Common Yellowthroat warbler in Maine.

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  Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
Martyn Stewart

Published on Jul 15, 2012

One of the dificult birds to video is the Common Yellowthroat. This bird is often down low in the tall grasses and dense willow thickets. It shows itself for just a few seconds and then flits off. One of my favorite spring and early summer singers. "Wichita witchita witchita" it sings!

  Common Yellowthroat Warbler
Stoil Ivanov

Uploaded on Jul 11, 2010

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas ) eating a big insect in Goose Lake Prairie State Park Illinois.

  Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
Carl Barrentine

Published on May 17, 2013

This male Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) was photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (17 May 2013).

  Common Yellowthroat -Tiếng Hót và Nét Đẹp Của Chim Nghệ Cổ Vàng

Published on Jul 12, 2014

Common Yellowthroat :
Có tên khoa học là Geothlypis trichas. Đây là loài chim nhỏ , đẹp , hót hay và có thể tìm thấy rất nhiều ở Bắc Mỹ.




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Mike Stavreff

Location: Oakdale, MN

Hello - my first time doing this, as I have become a "birder" during Covid. I was just on your website.

I am 99.9% sure that I saw a Common Yellow Throat in my backyard, and I searched all the books that I own, but the black and white on its head is pretty distinct. I can't see it being anything else. It was flitting around in oak leaves and on small brush. We live in Oakdale, MN, and we have about 3-4 acres of oak trees and brush behind us, with a marsh about 100yards way.

  Ramona Abrego

Location: Banning State Park

Common Yellowthroat  
  Lynn Rubey

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

A male Common Yellowthroat along the Minnesota River in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge often hiding in the shrubs before coming out to perch.

Common Yellowthroat  

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Boot Lake SNA

Brownsville Bluff SNA

Buck Family Memorial WMA

Bur Oak WMA

Butternut Valley Prairie SNA

Camden State Park

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

Cedar Mountain SNA

Cedar Rock SNA

Cherry Grove Blind Valley SNA

Chippewa Prairie

Cottonwood River Prairie SNA

Crosby Farm Regional Park

Crystal Spring SNA

Des Moines River SNA

Dry Sand WMA

Falls Creek SNA

Felton Prairie SNA, Bicentennial Unit

Flandrau State Park

Foxhome Prairie

Glynn Prairie SNA

Great River Bluffs State Park

Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

Hastings SNA

Helen Allison Savanna SNA

Hemlock Ravine SNA

Hole-in-the-Mountain Prairie

Holthe Prairie SNA

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Hythecker Prairie SNA

Iron Horse Prairie SNA

Iron Springs Bog SNA

Itasca Wilderness Sanctuary SNA

Jay Cooke State Park

Jensen Memorial WMA

John Murtaugh Memorial WMA

John Peter Hoffman Spring Brook Valley WMA

Joseph A. Tauer Prairie SNA

Kasota Prairie

Kettledrummer Prairie

Lake Alexander Woods SNA, South Unit

Lake Louise State Park

Lake Maria State Park

Lake Shetek State Park

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Lester Lake SNA

Maplewood State Park

Mary Schmidt Crawford Woods SNA

Mille Lacs Moraine SNA

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Miller Prairie, West Unit

Minneopa State Park

Minnesota Valley NWR, Rapids Lake Unit

Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area, Lawrence Unit

Mississippi River County Park

Monson Lake State Park

Moose Lake State Park

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

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Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Touch the Sky Prairie Unit

Oronoco Prairie SNA

Otter Tail Prairie SNA

Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo

Phelps Lake WMA

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Plover Prairie, East Unit

Prairie Creek WMA, Koester Prairie Unit

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Regal Meadow

Rice Lake State Park

Ritter Farm Park

River Warren Outcrops SNA

Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve

Rock Ridge Prairie SNA

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St. Croix State Park

Sand Prairie Wildlife Management and Environmental Education Area

Sandpiper Prairie SNA

Santee Prairie SNA

Savage Fen SNA

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Seminary Fen SNA

Seven Springs WMA

Shooting Star Prairie SNA

Sibley State Park

Springbrook Nature Center

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Stanley Eddy Memorial Park Reserve

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Swedes Forest SNA

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Townsend Woods SNA

Tribute WMA

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