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About the Wilson's Warbler

Also known as: Blackcap, Black-capped Warbler, Pileolated Warbler, Wilson's Flycatcher

The Wilson's Warbler is a small bird of the warbler family. Males of the species can be recognized by the black cap they sport. Females have a lighter crown patch or none at all. Both sexes have similar body plumage: yellow underparts and olive-green upperparts.

The Wilson's Warbler is named for the ornithologist who discovered the species for science in 1811: Alexander Wilson.

Wilson's Warblers feed on insects gleaned from foliage. They might also catch bugs in the air, like flycatchers do.

Wilson's Warblers breed in shrub thickets and other habitats across northern Canada and the northwestern United States. They are ground nesters, with an average clutch size of 2 to 7 eggs.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 23 May 2010
Scientific Name Wilsonia pusilla
  • Passeriformes
  • Parulidae
  • Wilsonia
  • W. pusilla
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 July 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
4.75 inches
7 inches
.27 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • lesňáček mniší (Czech)
  • Sortkronet Sanger (Danish)
  • Wilson-zanger (Dutch)
  • sitruunakerttuli (Finnish)
  • Paruline à calotte noire (French)
  • Mönchswaldsänger (German)
  • Parula di Wilson (Italian)
  • ウイルソンアメリカムシクイ (wiruson'amerikamushikui) (Japanese)
  • Kalottparula (Norwegian)
  • wilsonka mala (Polish)
  • Малая вильсония (Russian)
  • Chipe de Coronilla Negra (Spanish)
  • Svartkronad skogssångare (Swedish)

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