Prairie Warbler Setophaga discolor


The Prairie Warbler is a North American breeder that migrates to the Neotropics during the nonbreeding season. The Prairie Warbler winters primarily throughout the Caribbean basin except for the southernmost Lesser Antilles. It is a small, distinctive Warbler that occurs primarily in open, dry habitat, but can be present and even common anywhere outside mangroves and rainforest. The Prairie Warbler bobs its tail distinctively, and feeds on insects and, to a lesser extent, small fruits. The male Prairie Warbler is olive above and bright yellow below with black streaks on the sides of the chest. The black face pattern is distinctive. The red centers to the back feathers often appear as stripes on the back. The female is similar, but with little to no red in the back, greenish or gray in the face pattern, and often with a gray wash to the nape.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

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