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Townsend's Warbler
Dendroica townsendi

Warblers and Tanagers
Wood-Warbler Family (Parulidae)

Size: Length: 11.5-13 cm

Description: A common summer resident in Banff and Kananaskis, but less so further north or south, Townsend's warbler is a yellow-faced warbler with a black mask. The head of the male has a black crown, and throat. The sides of the face are yellow, with a prominent black mask covering most of the cheek area. there is a little patch of yellow beneath the eye, visible within the black mask. The back, wings and tail are olive-green with black streaking. The wings have two white bands visible, and the outer tail feathers are also white. The breast is yellow with black streaking. The yellow fades to white on the belly. Females are slightly duller, and have a yellow, rather than a black throat.

This is a common warbler of subalpine coniferous forests, particularly subalpine fir along with white and Engelmann spruce. They use the entire canopy, and may be spotted high in the trees. Many other warblers prefer the lower parts of the canopy. They feed on insects picked off of vegetation, but also feed on the wing. The nest in a crook on a horizontal branch of a conifer. The call often starts with two short notes: "tsik…tsik" and then trills off to a series of 5 to 7 rapid trilling tones: "swee-swee-swee-swee-swee".

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