Yellow Warbler

(Setophaga petechia)

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Yellow Warbler


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

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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.



Passeriformes (perching birds)



Parulidae (New World warblers)

Subordinate Taxa

American Yellow Warbler (aestiva group)

Alaska American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia rubiginosa)

American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia aestiva)

American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia banksi)

American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia dugesi)

American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia parkesi)

California American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia brewsteri)

Newfoundland American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia amnicola)

Rocky Mountain American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia morcomi)

Sonora American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia sonorana)


Golden Warbler (petechia group)

Barbados Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia petechia)

Cuba Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia gundlachi)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia alsiosa)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia armouri)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia aurifrons)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia babad)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia bartholemica)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia chlora)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia eoa)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia flaviceps)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia flavida)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia melanoptera)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia obscura)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia rufivertex)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia rufopileata)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia solaris)

Hispaniola Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia albicollis)

Martinique Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia ruficapilla)


Mangrove Warbler (erithachorides group)

Bryant's Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia bryanti)

Galapagos Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia aureola)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia aequatorialis)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia aithocorys)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia castaneiceps)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia chrysendeta)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia cienagae)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia erithachorides)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia iguanae)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia jubaris)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia oraria)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia paraguanae)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia peruviana)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia phillipsi)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia rhizophorae)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia xanthotera)


Dendroica aestiva

Dendroica petechia











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Bill Reynolds

American Yellow Warbler

The Warblers are pushing through the area. Yellow-rumped, Restarts and Yellow Warblers are everywhere. However, this male Yellow Warbler was the only one to cooperate for the camera.

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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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Bill Reynolds

Location: Pennington Co MN

The Warblers are pushing through the area. Yellow-rumped, Restarts and Yellow Warblers are everywhere. However, this male Yellow Warbler was the only one to cooperate for the camera.

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