Swainson's Warbler

Limnothlypis swainsonii
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Description: Olive brown above, grayish below. Brown crown, conspicuous pale eyebrow.


Song: A series of downslurred notes followed by more rapid, descending notes. Typical, "whee whee whip-poor-will."

Recording
Produced by: Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.


Distribution: Breeding range from southern Missouri south to southeast Texas, east to Virginia south to northern Florida. Also in Appalachians of Kentucky and West Virginia and in Maryland’s Pocomoke Swamp. Prefers undergrowth of swamps and canebreaks. Highland populations (up to about 3,000 ft.) nest in damp ravines where rhododendron is primary understory.

Winters mostly in the West Indies.

Arrrives on the Gulf Coast late March, on southern breeding grounds mid-April, and on northernmost breeding locations typically by third week of April.


Status: Uncommon. Breeding range has contracted in some areas due to habitat degradation. Cowbird parasitism may be a factor locally. Breeding Bird Survey

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