Blue-winged Warbler

(Vermivora cyanoptera)

Conservation Status
Blue-winged Warbler
Photo by Earl Bye
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern


N5B - Secure Breeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding


not listed


The upper parts are olive-yellow. The head, chest, and belly are bright yellow. The tail is bluish-gray. The undertail coverts are white or yellowish-white. When viewed from below there is much white on the underside of the tail. The wings are bluish-gray with two narrow white wingbars. A black line (eyeline) passes from the base of the bill through and behind the eye. The bill is long and slender.




4½ to 5 in length

7½ wingspan




A high, insect-like, two note call usually described as bee-buzz, lasting about two seconds. The first note is buzzy, the second note trilly.


Similar Species


Second growth woodlands, woodland edges and openings, shrubby abandoned fields, willow thickets, shrubby streamsides.




Early May to early September








Insects and spiders




Very widespread in eastern North America. Uncommon migrant and breeder in Minnesota.




The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

  Class Aves (birds)  


Passeriformes (perching birds)  


Parulidae (New World warblers, wood warblers)  


Vermivora (blue-winged and golden-winged warblers)  

This bird was originally named Vermivora pinus in 1766 by Carl Linnaeus based on misidentified birds in the illustrations of others. In 2010 the name was changed to Vermivora cyanoptera to correct that mistake.




Vermivora pinus











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  Wild Birds Blue-winged warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera): Birds Singing Chirping In Nature - 2017
World birdsong

Published on Mar 26, 2017

* Wild Birds Blue-winged warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera): Birds Singing Chirping In Nature - 2017.

- The Blue-winged warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera) is a fairly common New World warbler, 11.5 cm (4.5 in) long and weighing 8.5 g (0.30 oz). It breeds in eastern North America in southern Ontario and the eastern United States. Its range is extending northwards, where it is replacing the very closely related golden-winged warbler, Vermivora chrysoptera. The blue-winged warbler is a small warbler at 11.4–12.7 cm (4.5–5.0 in) long, with a wingspan of 17–19.5 cm (6.7–7.7 in). The breeding plumage of the male consists of a bright yellow head, breast and underparts. There is no streaking of the underparts of the bird. It has a narrow black line though the eyes and light blueish gray with two white wing-bars, which are diagnostic field marks.

The female is duller overall with less yellow on the crown. Immatures are olive green with wings similar to the adults. The song is a series of buzzing notes. The call is a sharp chip.

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  Blue-winged warbler - Vermivora cyanoptera
Stoil Ivanov

Published on Jun 3, 2017

Blue-winged warbler male ( Vermivora cyanoptera ) 5-30-2017 Grant Woods Forest Preserve Lake County Illinois

  Blue winged Warbler
WIld Bird Videos by McElroy Productions

Published on Feb 29, 2012

Blue winged Warbler singing on territory in a Connecticut woodlot. Typical song first then alternate call. ©

  Blue-winged Warbler Portrait
Larry Bond

Published on Jun 11, 2012

The Blue-winged Warbler is locally common in eastern United States and rare in southern Ontario.It is found in old pastures overgrown with saplings, thickets along streams, hydro wires and swamps.

It is mostly yellow with blue-gray wings with two white wing bars. It has white or yellow undertail coverts. It has a Long slender bill and a distinctive black line through the eye.

It hybridizes with the Golden-winged Warbler to produce the Brewster's and the Lawrence's warblers.

It has a buzzy song.

  Blue-winged Warbler

Published on Jun 5, 2015

Blue-winged Warblers frequently give their two-note buzzy song in the spring and early summer.

ML Video #469433; video recorded by Eric S. Liner.

For more bird videos and sounds, explore the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Location: Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

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