Nashville Warbler

Oreothlypis ruficapilla

Nashville warblers breed in open mixed woods and bog habitats in Canada and the northeastern and western United States of America. They build their cup-shaped nests on the ground under shrubs. Genetic researchers have convinced the scientific community that the old genus Vermivora was inaccurate and reclassified this bird in the genus Oreothlypis.

There are two recognised subspecies of this bird. In the east lives the nominate subspecies (O. r. ruficapilla), discovered by Alexander Wilson near Nashville (Tennessee) in 1811. In the west, the bird formerly known as the Calaveras Warbler (O. r. ridgwayi) was discovered by Robert Ridgway in Nevada in 1868.

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