Connecticut Warbler

The Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis), is a small songbird of the New World warbler family. Their breeding habitat is bogs or open deciduous woods near water, especially with poplar or aspen, in central Canada and states bordering the Great Lakes. The nest is an open cup well-concealed in moss or a clump of grass. These birds migrate to the Amazon River area in South America in winter.

These nearly 6 inch long birds have light yellow underparts and olive upperparts. They have a light eye ring, pink legs, a long tail, pale wing bars and a thin pointed bill. Males have a gray hood. Female and juveniles are more brown and have a whitish throat. The song of this bird is a loud repeated cheepa-cheepa. The call is a nasal pitch.

They forage on the ground, picking among dead leaves, or hop along branches. These birds mainly eat insects and sometimes seeds and berries.

Despite its name, this bird would probably only visit Connecticut during migration. They are fairly elusive birds, but their numbers may be declining due to loss of winter habitat.