Common Yellowthroat

Geothlypis trichas

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  • Common Yellowthroat |  Photo: George Gentry, USFWS
  • Common Yellowthroat |  Photo: George Gentry, USFWS
  • Common Yellowthroat |  Photo: George Gentry, USFWS
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Basic Information

Order

Passeriformes

Family

Parulidae

Size

Common Yellowthroats are generally between 4.25 and 5.1 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 11.5 years

Weight

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) facts, habitat, range, yellowthroat pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the songbird.

Diet

insects

Behavior

Foliage Gleaner

Range

Migratory Nationwide

Nest Placement

Shrub

Number of Offspring

2–5 Eggs

Egg Description

White with dark brown to black spots

Condition at Hatching

Feeble with orange skin and grayish down

Social Status

Winter Flocks

Wingspan

5.75-7.4 in

Observation Tips

Common Yellowthroats are often observed along hiking trails through wet meadows and marshlands throughout the spring and summer across the nation.

What does the Common Yellowthroat look like?

Yellowthroats are a compact and stocky songbird with striking colors. Males have intense yellow breasts and throats, a dark black facemask and olive wings and tails. Females are a dull olive brown with a yellow throat patch.

Common Yellowthroat Habitat

Shrublands

Common Yellowthroat Facts

Common Yellowthroats are plentiful summer residents to much of the United States. Hikers will often hear these vocal songbirds in meadows well before they spot them. Listen for their loud twichety twichety twichety, twich song.

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