It’s a good year to be a common yellowthroat in Kansas, because of the uncommon amount of rain we’ve had this spring.
These five-inch birds nest statewide. Some of their best nesting areas have been in such moist areas as cattails and brush-filled marshes.
With their neon-yellow front, it’s easy to see how the species got its name. The black mask over the face of males stands in contrast to their namesake yellow necks.
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Even with such vibrant colors, yellowthroats can be hard to spot in their dense nesting areas. Often, their “wichity-wichity-wichity-wick” calls are the first indications that the brightly-colored birds are around.