Red-faced Warbler

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Credit: Tom Benson

Red-faced warblers are striking, multi-colored birds. Their faces, forehead, and throat are bright red. They have black ear patches and crowns (that resemble a bonnet on their heads), a white nape, belly, and rear, and a gray back.

  • Cardellina rubrifrons
  • Length: 5 inches (13 cm)
  • Weight: 0.4 oz (11 g)
  • Wingspan: 7.5 inches ( 19 cm)


Red-faced Warblers breed in southern US states before migrating to Mexico and Central America.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Red-faced Warblers in high forest mountains where pine, oak, alder, and other coniferous trees are. 

Red-faced Warblers often forage for food high up in the trees, particularly in dense foliage. They hop from branch to branch in search of small insects, flies, and leafhoppers. From their height, they can instantly take flight to catch insects in mid-air. 

Red-faced Warblers’ Song:


Nests of Red-faced Warblers are, surprisingly, located on the ground, concealed under a shrub, log or rock. They may also be hidden under debris on the forest floor and are made of leaves, grass, bark, and pine needles. 

The females lay three to five eggs, with incubation taking about two weeks. The young leave the nest about thirteen days after hatching, and the parents divide their brood in half, so each parent takes care of half of the fledglings for about five weeks. 

Fun Fact:

Red-faced Warblers and the Painted Redstart are the only two warblers that have bright red coloring.