Yellow Warbler

(Setophaga petechia aestiva)

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern


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N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding


not listed


Common migrant and breeder


Open woodlands with willow and dense, low scrub, shrubby meadows with willow.


5 in length

8 wingspan












Late April to early September


In 2011 all of the wood warblers were reclassified resulting in new genus names for almost all of them. The Yellow Warbler, formerly classified Dendroica petechia, is now classified Setophaga petechia.

There are 43 subspecies of Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia). Nine subspecies are resident in North America. Only one subspecies, S. p. aestiva, occurs in Minnesota.



Passeriformes (perching birds)



Parulidae (New World warblers)











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  Yellow Warbler Portrait

Published on May 13, 2012

This portrait of a male Yellow Warbler was captured in Wylie Marsh on the Carden Plain near Kirkfield, Ontario.

Yellow Warblers are abundant throughout North America in wet habitats especially willow and alder thickets, orchards, and suburban shrubs. It is a plump, short tailed, overall yellow warbler. Its black eye contrasts on a uniformly yellow head. The male has distinctive reddish streaks on yellow underparts. The female's back, tail, and wings are yellowish-olive. The similar Prothonotary Warbler has blue-gray wings. Note how it bobs its tail frequently. The song is cheerful and bright "tsee tsee tsee tsee-ti-ti-wee" or "sweet sweet sweet I'm so sweet".

What I like about this video is the glint showing in the small black eye. The lighting, especially near the end, allowed for this. The small black eye makes it difficult to capture this highlight. The Wilson's Warbler also provides this challenge.

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Uploaded on Aug 13, 2008

George Jameson sent us this yellow warbler video.

  Ave Setophaga petechia (Linnaeus,1766) ,Cazadora,reinita amarilla, American Yellow Warbler

Published on May 15, 2013

Mide 11.5 cm. y pesa 9 grs. Es la única reinita con un destello amarillo en la cola, y carece de marcas faciales o barras alares constrastantes.

Los adultos son oliva amarillento por encima, y amarillos por debajo. Las remeras, timoneras y todas las coberteras presentan un borde amarillo verdoso. La mayor parte del vexilo interno de todas las timoneras es de color amarillo.

El macho muestra la frente, la cara y la región inferior amarillo brillante, y un listado castaño rojizo fino en el pecho, el costado y los flancos (en ocasiones hasta ausente) durante el otoño, y prominente en la primavera.

La hembra muestra la frente del mismo color que la espalda, y un tinte oliva en la cara. Ppor lo general, el amarillo de la región inferior es más pálido y con un listado castaño escaso o ausente. El pico es oscuro, los tomios son blancuzcos, y las patas son oliva amarillento.

Los especímenes inmaduros muestran el borde de las coberteras de las primarias de color parduzco.

El macho inmaduro es similar a la hembra adulta, pero con frecuencia presenta más listado por debajo.

La hembra es más opaca, con la cara y la región inferior de color verdoso, y con frecuencia es oliva amarillento, más que amarillo.

Es frecuente en bosques secundarios, pastizales con matorrales y tierras agrícolas, áreas semi-abiertas, áreas urbanas, cafetales, manglares y jardines.

Forrajean activamente en busca de insectos en el follaje; en algunas ocasiones los atrapan mediante vuelos cortos.

Forrajean activamente en busca de insectos en el follaje; en algunas ocasiones los atrapan mediante vuelos cortos.

  Yellow Warbler (Setophaga/Dendroica petechia)
Carl Barrentine

Published on May 19, 2013

This migrant male Yellow Warbler (Setophaga/Dendroica petechia) sits out a rainstorm in a bough of a old blue spruce. Grand Forks, North Dakota (19 May 2013).

  Yellow Warbler 2013-05-25

Published on May 25, 2013

Panasonic GH2 + 100-300mm
1920x1080 60i 17Mbps
Exposure: Shutter Priority Auto (1/125)
ISO: Auto WB: Cloudy




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