Hooded Warbler

Hooded warbler

Male Hooded Warblers have bright yellow faces with distinctive black hoods and throats. They are yellow underneath and olive-green above. They are white under their tail, which is visible when they flick their tails up.

Females and immature are more yellow and without black face markings.

  • Setophaga citrina
  • Length: 5.1 in (13 cm)
  • Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz (9-12 g)
  • Wingspan: 6.9 in (17.5 cm)


Hooded Warblers breed in eastern US states before heading south into Central America and the Caribbean for winter.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Hooded Warblers in forests with dense understories to hunt for insects and spiders.

Hooded Warbler Song:


Nests of Hooded Warblers are near forests and clearings and are built in shrubs from bark, grass, and plant material woven into a cup. They lay around four eggs, which take twelve days to hatch and a further nine days for the young to leave the nest.

Attract Hooded Warblers

Attract them to your backyard with native shrubs and plants that attract insects and provide protection.

Fun Fact:

Hooded Warblers have white spots on their tails which are thought to startle insects so they can catch them more easily.