- Small, active, insect-eating bird
- Thin, pointed bill
- Yellow underparts
- Dark streaks on sides
- Yellow rump
- Dark legs
- Indistinct pale wing bars
- Frequently wags its tail
- Often found in scrubby habitats
- Black line through eye and below eye encircles yellow spot below eye
- Yellow supercilium
- Olive upperparts with rust streaks on back
- Female similar to male but duller
- Immatures similar to male but face pattern is gray and plumage duller
Adult Prairie Warblers typically have a distinctive face pattern but
in fall the immatures can look like other species.
Even though immatures can look pale gray in the face
they often retain a remnant of the distinctive adult face pattern.
Prairie Warblers often wag their tails. Palm Warblers also wag their tails
but are paler below with more streaking on the breast.