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About the Ovenbird

The Ovenbird is a large species of New World warbler that breeds across much of the north central and northeastern parts of North America. They are migratory; Ovenbirds spend the winter across much of Central America, the Caribbean, and parts of Florida.

Ovenbirds are known for their loud and familiar breeding song, which is sung deep into the season. A common mnemonic for the song is "Teacher! Teacher! Teacher!". Ovenbirds are ground breeders; they make domed nests on the ground in a construction that somewhat resembles a Dutch oven, giving them their common name.

Ovenbirds also feed mainly on the ground, foraging for small prey items in forest leaf litter. They feed on insects like ants, flies, and beetles.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 29 November 2016
Scientific Name Seiurus aurocapilla
  • Passeriformes
  • Parulidae
  • Seiurus
  • S. aurocapilla
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 26 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
4.3 to 5.5 inches
7.5 to 10.2 inches
.6 to 1 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean United States (West) United States (East) Americas

International Names

  • 橙顶灶莺 (Chinese)
  • lesňáček oranžovotemenný (Czech)
  • Brillevanddrossel (Danish)
  • Ovenvogel (Dutch)
  • tulipääkerttuli (Finnish)
  • Paruline couronnée (French)
  • Pieperwaldsänger (German)
  • Seiuro corona dorata (Italian)
  • カマドムシクイ [kamadomushikui] (Japanese)
  • Ovnparula (Norwegian)
  • lasówka zlotoglowa (Polish)
  • Mariquita-de-coroa-ruiva (Portuguese)
  • Золотоголовый дроздовый певун (Russian)
  • Reinita Hornera (Spanish)
  • rödkronad piplärksångare (Swedish)

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