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Forest and Rangeland Birds of the United States

Natural History and Habitat Use

Olive Warbler -- Peucudramus taeniatus

RANGE: Breeds from central and southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico through the highlands of Mexico to north-central Nicaragua. Winters throughout the breeding range, except in Arizona and New Mexico, where it moves southward.

STATUS: Fairly common.

HABITAT: Generally found near the summits of mountains in the Southwest above 8,000 feet in mixed pine-fir forests; usually observed near the tops of coniferous trees.

NEST: Builds a cup-shaped nest, usually placed on the limb of a conifer tree limb near the end, sometimes hidden by pine needles or a cluster of mistletoe; usually high (30 to 80 feet) above the ground.

FOOD: Spends considerable time creeping over the branches and twigs of pines searching for insects. (No studies on food habits have been reported.)

REFERENCES: Bent 1953a, Griscom and Sprunt 1979.

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