Setophaga citrina

Status:  Rare regular spring migrant east, rare casual elsewhere. Rare casual fall migrant statewide.

Documentation:  Specimen: CSC 17 Jun 1982 Chadron, Dawes Co (Probasco 1983).

Taxonomy:  No subspecies are currently recognized (Pyle 1997).

Spring: Apr 19,21,23 <<<>>> May 28,28,31

Earlier dates are 8 Apr 2006 Fontenelle Forest, Sarpy Co and later dates the specimen cited above, collected 17 Jun 1982 at Chadron, Dawes Co by a cat, one on 2 Jun (year not given) Keith Co (Brown and Brown 2001), singles heard at Fontenelle Forest 13 Jun 2015 and 15 Jun 2016, one recorded at Indian Cave SP, Nemaha Co 14 Jun 2020,  a singing male at Hummel Park, Omaha, Douglas Co 20 Jun 1999, and a pair near Peru, Nemaha Co in 2000 for which no evidence of breeding was observed. One seen by many and photographed sang vigorously at NNF Halsey, Thomas Co 16 Jun-4 Jul 2015.  A male appeared in a Bellevue, Sarpy Co yard 19 Jul 2017.

There is no evidence that Hooded Warbler ever bred in Nebraska, despite a statement to the contrary by Chiver et al (2020), although it may be expanding into the state and may breed in the next few years based on good numbers beginning in the early 1990s. Seven were reported in spring 2004, 6 in 2014, and 6-8 in 2016.

Hooded Warblers overshoot their breeding range regularly; there are about 18 Panhandle reports, including one photographed at Morrill, Scotts Bluff Co 30 Apr-3 May 2009 (Brogie 2009) and one netted and photographed at Crescent Lake NWR, Garden Co 2 May 1981 (Williams 1981). Westerly reports with evidence are 23-27 Apr 2003 male Wilsonville, Furnas Co (Brogie 2004), 1 May 2013 photographed Lincoln Co, 16 May 2014 photographed Garfield Co, 18 May 1983 Keith Co (Rosche and Johnsgard 1984), 25 May 2020 Buffalo Co, and “a pair” 28-29 May 1930 Webster Co (Ludlow 1935).

Fall: There are eight accepted records:

27 Aug 2007 female Wind Springs Ranch, Sioux Co (Silcock 2007)

4-6 Sep 2020 Fontenelle Forest, Sarpy Co (Weber, eBird.org)

5 Sep 2005 Wind Springs Ranch (Silcock 2005)

12 Sep 2013 male in yard Bellevue, Sarpy Co (Silcock 2013)

12 Sep 2016 Hatch year female Mercer Woods, Omaha (Silcock 2016)

14 Sep 2019 Rock Creek SRA, Dundy Co (Mlodinow, eBird.org)

21 Sep 2002 male Wilderness Park, Lincoln, Lancaster Co (Silcock 2002)

29 Sep 2001 first year Wind Springs Ranch (Silcock 2001).

There are eight additional older reports, including an amazing report with few details of one in a Logan Co yard 10 Nov-early Dec 1965 (Glandon and Glandon 1966).


CSC: Chadron State College
NNF: Nebraska National Forest
NWR: National Wildlife Refuge


Photograph (top) of a Hooded Warbler at Omaha, Douglas Co mid-May circa 2015 by Richard Pouchert.

Literature Cited

Brogie, M.A. 2004. 2003 (15th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 72: 59-65.

Brogie, M.A. 2009. 2009 (21st) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 77: 160-168.

Brown, C.R., and M.B. Brown. 2001. Birds of the Cedar Point Biological Station. Occasional Papers of the Cedar Point Biological Station, No. 1.

Chiver, I., L.J. Evans Ogden, and B.J. Stutchbury. 2020. Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (P. G. Rodewald, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.hoowar.01.

Glandon, E.W., and R. Glandon. 1966. Hooded Warbler in Logan County. NBR 34: 44.

Ludlow, C.S. 1935. A quarter-century of bird migration records at Red Cloud, Nebraska. NBR 3: 3-25.

Probasco, G.E. 1983. Hooded Warbler. NBR 51: 95.

Pyle, P. 1997. Identification Guide to North American Birds. Part I, Columbidae to Ploceidae. Slate Creek Press, Bolinas, California, USA.

Silcock, W.R. 2001. Fall Field Report, August-September 2001. NBR 69: 158-189.

Silcock, W.R. 2002. Fall Field Report. August-November 2002. NBR 70: 130-167.

Silcock, W.R. 2005. Fall Field Report, August-November 2005. NBR 73: 134-150.

Silcock, W.R. 2007. Fall Field Report, August-November 2007. NBR 75: 98-118.

Silcock, W.R. 2013. Fall Field Report, August-November 2013. NBR 81: 134-160.

Silcock, W.R. 2016. Fall Field Report, August-November 2016. NBR 84: 154-179.

Williams, F. 1981. Southern Great Plains Region. American Birds 35: 838-840.

Recommended Citation

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen.  2021.  Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina). In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org

Birds of Nebraska – Online

Updated 17 Jan 2021