Birdorable Worm-eating Warbler

2013 Bonanza Bird #11: Worm-eating Warbler

July 11th, 2013 in Birdorable Bonanza 2013, Warblers 5 comments

We're eleven birds into our 2013 Birdorable Bonanza! Today a lovely lurking warbler joins the family. Today's Bonanza bird is the Worm-eating Warbler.

Birdorable Worm-eating Warbler

Worm-eating Warblers don't eat too many worms. They are known to lurk near the forest floor, but they forage for insects like spiders and caterpillars in the understory, not typically right on the ground. So earthworms aren't usually on the menu for these cuties.

Worm eating warbler
Worm eating warbler by WarblerLady (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Worm-eating Warblers do, however, nest on the ground. A small nest of leaves and moss is built in a safe place on the forest floor. Their elegant yet dull olive-brown plumage helps incubating Worm-eating Warblers stay out of the sight of predators.

worm-eating warbler

Tomorrow we'll add a colorful, conspicuous and boisterous species of flycatcher that is a target species for south Texas birders.