Worm-eating Warbler

About the Worm-eating Warbler

The Worm-eating Warbler is a small and relatively plainly-plumaged New World species of warbler. They are migratory; they breed in southeastern parts of North America and spend the winter in the Caribbean and parts of Central America.

Worm-eating Warblers are ground-nesters, building a cozy nest of leaves and moss in a safe place on the forest floor. Despite their name, they rarely eat worms and don't usually even forage for food on the ground. They eat small insects including spiders and caterpillars.

The population trend for the Worm-eating Warbler is increasing and their conservation status as of June 2013 is Least Concern.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 11 July 2013
Scientific Name
Helmitheros vermivorum
  • Passeriformes
  • Parulidae
  • Helmitheros
  • H. vermivorum
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • 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 5.1 inches
0.4 to 0.5 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 食虫莺
Czech (Cesky) lesňáček houštinový
Danish (Dansk) Ormæder Sanger
Dutch (Nederlands) Streepkopzanger
Finnish (Suomi) viirupääkerttuli
French (Français) Paruline vermivore
German (Deutsch) Haldenwaldsänger
Italian (Italiano) Mangiavermi
Japanese (日本語) フタスジアメリカムシクイ [futasujiamerikamushikui]
Norwegian (Norsk) Åmeparula
Polish (Polski) lasówka paskoglowa
Russian (русский язык) Настоящая червеедка
Spanish (Español) Reinita Gusanera
Swedish (Svenska) Beigebrynad skogssångare
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