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About the Common Yellowthroat

Also known as: Black-Masked Ground Warbler, Florida Yellowthroat, Belding's Yellowthroat, Salt marsh Yellowthroat

The Common Yellowthroat is a species of warbler that lives across North America to Central America. They are named for their bright yellow throats. Their plumage also includes olive wings, backs and tails. Males have an unmistakable broad black facial mask.

Common Yellowthroats feed primarly on insects. Their preferred breeding habitat is wetlands or other habitat near water.

Common Yellowthroats are often heard before they are seen (if at all). Their call is described as sounding like Witchety! Witchety! Witchety!' by many birders.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 05 May 2010
Scientific Name Geothlypis trichas
  • Passeriformes
  • Parulidae
  • Geothlypis
  • G. trichas
Birdorable Family Warblers & Whatnots
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 January 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
5 inches
6375 inches
.35 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • lesňáček žlutohrdlý (Czech)
  • Gulstrube (Danish)
  • Maskerzanger (Dutch)
  • naamiokerttuli (Finnish)
  • Paruline masquée (French)
  • Weidengelbkehlchen (German)
  • Parula golagialla comune (Italian)
  • カオグロアメリカムシクイ (kaoguroamerikamushikui) (Japanese)
  • Gulstrupe (Norwegian)
  • cytrynka czarnolica (Polish)
  • Желтогорлый масковый певун (Russian)
  • Chipe de Cara Negra (Spanish)
  • Gulhake (Swedish)

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