Red-faced Warbler Cardellina rubrifrons

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The genus Cardellina, of which the Red-faced Warbler is the sole representative, is sometimes considered to be better subsumed within Wilsonia, although other authorities have opined that its closest relative is Ergaticus. The Red-faced Warbler breeds in pine–oak, spruce, and fir forests at 2000–3000 m, from the extreme southwestern United States to Durango in western Mexico, and moves south in the non-breeding season through the highlands of Mexico, reaching as far as El Salvador. Dispersal southwards commences as early as the end of June, while return northbound migration begins as early as the end of February, and continues until at least early May. The sexes in this species are largely similar, with principally gray upperparts and slightly paler underparts, but the head is largely red, with a pale nape patch and bold black patch from the crown over the ear coverts.

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

Recommended Citation

Red-faced Warbler (Cardellina rubrifrons), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: