Adult: The male Common Yellow-throat is easily identified
by his bold white-bordered mask, which gives him a jaunty look. His olive brown back seems
to brighten the yellow throat and breast (and the birder's day!). The belly and undertail
coverts are pale yellow, visible when the Yellow-throat cocks his tail in Marsh Wren
The olive face of the female yellow-throat is
highlighted with a white eye ring. Her plumage is like her mate's, but drab in comparison.
Immature: Young Yellow-throats are dull brown overall, but the
male's face bears a drab suggestion of the black mask which will come with maturity.
Common Yellow-throat's loud "giveaway" song -- wichety, wichety,
wichety, wichety -- resounds across agricultural environments, marshes and wet
prairies, in mixed pine-hardwood forests and mesic hammocks. Listen for the hoarse tchurr
call, similar to the Marsh Wren's.
The Common Yellow-throat is a Florida resident,
widespread throughout the state. It breeds from April through June. Wintering
yellow-throats and migrants swell the resident populations.
Text by Mary Jean Rogers, West Volusia