Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica



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Breeding male

Somewhat stocky and stout billed for a warbler. Often holds tail up above wings. Breeding males have a yellow crown, black mask, white cheeks, and chestnut sides.

Breeding female

Breeding females are paler than males with less streaking on the back. Note yellow crown and chestnut sides.

Female/immature male

Often holds tail up above wings. Females/immature males have bright yellow-green crown and white eyering on a gray face. They have little to no chestnut on the flanks.

Nonbreeding male

Stout-billed for a warbler. Nonbreeding males have chestnut sides, a yellow crown and back, and a pale face with a white eyering.

Breeding male

Chestnut sides and yellow crown are distinctive. Extent of chestnut on the sides varies among individuals. Often holds tail up above wings.

Breeding male

Breeds in scrubby woodlands, forest edges, and other thick, regrowing areas.


Breeds in early successional deciduous woods. Uses a variety of forested and shrubby areas during migration.

Recommended Citation

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: