Leiothlypis Luciae – Lucy’s Warbler

Leiothlypis Luciae - Lucy's Warbler found in the southwestern part of the United States

The Lucy’s warbler (Leiothlypis luciae) is a little New World warbler that is widespread throughout North America. The southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico are part of this species’ range. Only two warbler species nest in cavities.

Quick Overview: Leiothlypis Luciae – Lucy’s Warbler
Body size: Around 4.25 in (11 cm) and a weight of 6 g (0.2 oz)
Main colors: Gray, Rust-Brown, White, Black
Range: Southwestern United States
Migratory Bird: Yes
Best time of the year to see in the U.S.: June, July, August, September
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Lucy’s Warbler Description

Pale gray upperparts, rust-brown crown and rump, and white underparts characterize this little warbler. White is the color of the eye-ring. The wings are a solid gray color. Black is the color of the bill, legs, and feet.

Leiothlypis Luciae - Lucy's Warbler found in the southwestern part of the United States
Leiothlypis Luciae – Lucy’s Warbler. Photo by: Alan Schmierer

Size

These birds have a length of 4.25 in (11 cm) and a weight of 6 g (0.2 oz). Their wings could range from 7 in (18 cm).

Feeding

Caterpillars, beetles, and leafhoppers are the primary prey items.

Habitat

In deserts and foothills, prefers shrubby and canyon environments.

Behavior

Forages in tree and shrub foliage. It nests in the Sonora Desert’s driest vegetated stretches and nests in possibly the driest environments of any New World warbler.

Leiothlypis Luciae Scientific Classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Parulidae
  • Genus: Leiothlypis
  • Species: Leiothlypis

Best time of the year to see

 The best time to see these birds in the United States is during the summer season (June – September).

Distribution of the Lucy’s Warbler in the USA

The southwestern United States Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Oklahoma, and Northwestern Mexico are part of this species’ range. Only two warbler species nest in cavities.

Leiothlypis Luciae – Lucy’s Warbler

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