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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 29 November 2016
Scientific Name
Seiurus aurocapilla
  • Passeriformes
  • Parulidae
  • Seiurus
  • S. aurocapilla
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 27 January 2018)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
4.3 to 5.5 inches
7.5 to 10.2 inches
.6 to 1 ounces


International Names

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