Common Yellowthroat

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

The Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) is a small, vibrant songbird known for its striking mask and cheerful song. Males are particularly noticeable with their bright yellow throats and a bold black face mask, set against olive-green upperparts. Females, although less colorful, share the same yellow underparts and olive-green back but lack the male’s distinctive mask.

This bird is a master of disguise, favoring dense, low vegetation in marshes, wet meadows, and thickets. It's often heard before seen, its "witchety-witchety-witchety" call echoing through its habitat. During breeding, males become quite territorial, often seen flitting about and vigorously defending their space.

The Common Yellowthroat is a migratory species, spending summers across North America, from Canada to Mexico, and wintering in the southern United States and Central America. They are adaptive breeders, nesting close to the ground in dense cover, which helps protect their broods from predators. 

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