Nature Journal
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Common Yellowthroat Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Small, insect-eating bird
- Thin, pointed bill
- Yellow throat and breast
- Brownish flanks
- Whitish belly
- Olive upperparts
- Pink legs
- Considerable plumage variation across its range

Adult male
- Black mask with white upper border
- Bright yellow throat

Female and immature
- Brownish-olive head
- Broken white eye ring
- Throat and breast not as bright yellow as adult males
- Immature males begin to acquire the black mask in
  the fall

Similar species
The adult male Common Yellowthroat is instantly recognizable with its black mask. Immature males often have a semblance of the mask.

Females and immatures are similar to female and immature Mourning and MacGillivray's Warblers but yellowthroats have whiter bellies and lack a gray hood or olive breast band.
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