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Rufous-capped Warbler

Basileuterus rufifrons

This tropical warbler often behaves somewhat like a wren, flitting about within dense thickets, cocking its tail up above the level of its back. It is an irregular and very rare visitor to our area, but strays to Texas and Arizona have sometimes remained for many weeks or even months, and the species has at least attempted to nest in Arizona a few times.
Family Wood Warblers
This tropical warbler often behaves somewhat like a wren, flitting about within dense thickets, cocking its tail up above the level of its back. It is an irregular and very rare visitor to our area, but strays to Texas and Arizona have sometimes remained for many weeks or even months, and the species has at least attempted to nest in Arizona a few times.
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Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
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Songs and Calls
Song an accelerating, chippy trill, mostly on one pitch, sometimes ending with accented notes or a complex flourish. Call a staccato but soft tsic.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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