LUCY'S WARBLER


Vermivora luciae


Description:

The only desert warbler, Lucy's is characterized by a flicking tail, rapid motions, and a rich song. The Lucy's Warbler was named by its discoverer, Dr. James G. Cooper, after Spencer Baird's then teenage daughter, Lucy Hunter Baird.


Appearance:

Pale gray upperparts and wings. Whitish underparts. Rust colored uppertail coverts. Thin, pointed bill. Dark legs. Males have a small rust colored crown patch. Females and immatures are paler and may have buffy underparts. 4.25 inches in length.


Habitat:

Shrubby and canyon areas in deserts; desert foothills.


Nesting:

4-5 white eggs with speckles. The eggs have an ? day incubation period. Fledging occurs in ? days. The nest is a well open cup built, under loose bark or in a hole, in a tree.


Observed Locations:

  • FRNC, Point Loma





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