Some authorities have suggested that the Hooded Warbler might be closer to some members of the genus Dendroica than to the other two species currently included within the genus Wilsonia. The Hooded Warbler breeds across eastern North America, from southeast Canada to northern Florida, and moves south in winter, to the Bahamas and the Greater Antilles, as well as to Middle America, where it is largely confined to the Caribbean slope lowlands. It arrives on the wintering grounds from mid September, and the return movement northwards commences in March. At this season, it is found in deciduous and semi-evergreen forests, as well as in brushy fields, scrub, and second growth. Both sexes are very distinctive, although only males possess a complete black hood and throat, leaving the face and forehead yellow.