Blue-winged Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler
(Vermivora cyanoptera)

Order:  Passeriformes
Family:  Parulidae

Photo © Robert Royse

Blue-winged Warbler Information

Length:  4.5 - 5"

Breeding Habitat:  Nests at forest edges, in forest clearings, at edges of wetlands, and in overgrown pastures. Strong preference for habitat that includes dense, shrubby growth or dense thickets.

Diet:  Insects, especially caterpillars, beetles, ants, crickets, and grasshoppers; spiders.

  Songs and calls of the Blue-winged Warbler

Additional Information

Blue-winged Warbler
Habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, migration, and conservation status of this bird. Includes range map, photos, and songs and calls. (From Audubon Field Guide)

Blue-winged Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler

By Wolfgang Wander [CC SA 3.0]

Blue-winged Warbler
Identification Tips

  • Small, active, insect-eating bird
  • Thin, very pointed bill
  • Yellow head and underparts
  • White undertail coverts
  • Black eyeline
  • Olive nape and back
  • Blue-gray wings with two white wing bars
  • Pinkish legs
  • Females and immatures have paler yellow heads and breasts
Similar species

The yellow, unstreaked head and underparts and the black eyeline identify the Blue-winged Warbler.

The Blue-winged Warbler occasionally hybridizes with the Golden-winged Warbler to produce offspring with characteristics of both parents. Some have mostly white underparts (Brewster's Warbler), while some have the yellow plumage of the Blue-winged but the dark throat of the Golden-winged (Lawrence's Warbler).

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

Blue-winged Warbler Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Range in New England

In New England, the Blue-winged Warbler's main breeding areas are southern Vermont and the Champlain valley, southern New Hampshire, the southmost portion of Maine, as well as the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

This warbler winters in Central America and parts of Mexico.

Breeding Map from eBird

Sightings of the Blue-winged Warbler from May-June over past 10 years (2009-2019)