The Hooded Warbler is a small songbirb measuring 13 cm (5.1 in) in length and weighing 9 to 12 g. Its underparts are entirely yellow. The back is olive green, and its face is yellow. Males have got a black hood and bib, These birds have large white spots on the tail. Immatures are like the adult but with less black.

Habitat and Distribution

It breeds in eastern North America and across the eastern USA and into southernmost Canada, (Ontario). It is migratory, wintering in Central America and the West Indies. Hooded Warblers are very rare vagrants to western Europe. They prefer forests with some shrub understory.


The diet consists of insects, which are often found in low vegetation or caught by flycatching.


Hooded Warblers nest in low areas of a bush, laying 3 to 5 eggs in a cup-shaped nest.

Calls and Songs

The call of these birds is a loud chip. The song is a series of musical notes which sound like: wheeta wheeta whee-tee-oh.