Ovenbirds look drab compared to other warblers with their olive-green backs and black-and-white spotted underside.

  • Seiurus aurocapilla
  • Length: 4.3-5.5 in (11-14 cm)
  • Weight: 0.6-1.0 oz (16-28 g)
  • Wingspan: 7.5-10.2 in (19-26 cm)


Ovenbirds breed in northeastern US states and Canada, the Midwest, and up into northwest Canada. They can be seen during migration in eastern US states.

They spend the winter in Florida, Mexico, Central America, northern South America, and the Caribbean.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Ovenbirds on the ground rummaging through leaf litter in forests, looking for insects.

Ovenbird Song:


Nests of Ovenbirds are usually on the ground, and the female creates a domed nest from leaves, grass, bark, and other plant material. The nest has a side entrance and is lined with animal hair.

They lay around five eggs which take up to two weeks to hatch and up to ten days for the young to leave the nest.

Fun Fact:

Ovenbirds get their name from the unusually shaped nest they build, which resembles the shape of a dutch oven.