Bay-breasted Warbler Setophaga castanea

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Breeding male

Larger, somewhat bulky warbler. Breeding males have a black face, a cream-colored patch on the neck, and a chestnut crown, throat, and sides.

Breeding female

Larger, somewhat stocky warbler. Breeding females have chestnut flanks, a chestnut tinged crown, and a cream-colored patch on the neck.

Nonbreeding female/immature male

Nonbreeding females/immature males often have a faint bit of chestnut wash on the flanks and a yellow-green head and neck. Note unstreaked underparts.

Nonbreeding male

Nonbreeding males have chestnut flanks and black streaking on the back, although the amount of chestnut and streaking varies among individuals. Note prominent wingbars, yellow-green head, and unstreaked underparts.

Nonbreeding female/immature male

Nonbreeding females/immature males often have a faint bit of chestnut wash on the flanks and a yellow-green head and neck. Note unstreaked and buffy underparts.

Nonbreeding female/immature male

Some individuals have more extensive buffy washing on the underparts, but note yellow-green head and neck, prominent white wingbars, and unstreaked underparts.

Breeding male

Breeding males distinctive with a chestnut crown, throat, and flanks.

Breeding male

Breeds in boreal spruce and fir forests.

Recommended Citation

Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/babwar