Common Yellowthroat

: The Vibrant Warbler

The Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) is a small, vibrant warbler that can be found in various habitats across North and Central America. With its distinctive black mask and bright yellow throat, this bird is not hard to spot.

Basic Description:

The Common Yellowthroat measures about 13 cm in length and has a wingspan of approximately 20 cm. Its head, neck, and upperparts are olive-brown in color while its underparts are bright yellow. The male has a distinct black mask on its face while the female has a lighter-colored version of it.

Where To Find This Bird:

This bird species can be seen throughout the year across North and Central America from southern Canada to northern South America. They prefer wetlands such as marshes, swamps, or areas with tall grasses near water sources.


Common Yellowthroats thrive in a variety of habitats but they have an affinity for wetland areas where their mating rituals occur during springtime. Apart from these regions though they can also be found along forest edges, shrubbery or abandoned fields as long as there’s vegetation cover nearby.


As insectivores birds who feed exclusively on insects like beetles worms caterpillars etc., these birds use their sharp bills to probe through leaves or twigs looking for prey which makes up most parts of their diet.

Cool Facts:

1) In some cases males may have more than one mate simultaneously.
2) Despite being small these birds migrate over 2k miles each way annually between breeding grounds
3) They’re known for the unique “tchek” calls they make when agitated by other birds entering their territory.
4) Interestingly enough despite not having any natural predators per se this bird’s eggs fall prey sometimes to other nesting birds like cowbirds who lay their own eggs into nests belonging uniquely unto common yellowthroats.

In summary, the Common Yellowthroat is a small but vibrantly-colored bird. It can be found near wetland areas across North and Central America and feeds on insects like beetles and caterpillars. These birds migrate thousands of miles each year between breeding grounds, have unique calls when agitated, occasionally practice polygamy, while being vulnerable to cowbirds who might lay their own eggs within common yellowthroats’ nests.