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Colorful Birds of Montana: Townsend's Warbler

Townsend’s Warblers are pretty little songbirds that are found throughout the Pacific Northwest. They are birds that breed in the north and in the mountains, including in northwest Montana and through British Columbia, Canada, with some seen in Ontario.

These are birds of the coniferous forests, particularly in the summer. They are primarily insect eaters, often hunting in the upper parts of the trees. When they aren’t breeding, they are highly social birds and often flock with other bird species.

These are small birds, normally less than 5 inches long, with an 8-inch wingspan. They are also colorful, with yellow, black, and white patterns. Even the females have this coloration, though not as pronounced as in the males. They can often be seen singing from a perch in the open as if to draw attention to themselves.

These warblers normally lay 3-5 eggs which hatch in a little less than two weeks. The young leave the nest about 10 days after they hatch.

These aren’t noisy birds and their voice tends to be soft, but they are quite active and genuinely fun to watch.

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Written by Rex Trulove

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