Seiurus aurocapillus
Parulidae (wood-warblers) in the order Passeriformes

Adult upper parts are dark olive brown with an orange crown. There are two dark border stripes along the orange crown and a bold white eye ring. Underparts are white, with heavily streaked breast and sides--the streaking is made up of a series of connecting spots. The legs are pink. The song is a loud, ringing series of two-syllable phrases: "TEACHer-TEACHer-TEACHer-TEACHer," with each phrase being progressively louder. The call is a loud "chip."

Length: 6 inches (tip of bill to tip of tail).
Habitat and conservation: 
Ovenbirds spend summer in the forests of the central and eastern U.S. and Canada. As they migrate they're commonly seen in large forested regions in Missouri (especially in southern Missouri). Wintering grounds range from Mexico to northern South America and the West Indies. The ovenbird is a type of warbler.
These birds feed on the forest floor, turning over dried fallen leaves with their bills, searching for snails, worms, insects and spiders.
Distribution in Missouri: 
Statewide, though rarely seen in the Bootheel.
Common migrant. Uncommon summer resident in the south; rare summer resident in the north.
Life cycle: 
They nest on the forest floor, building a nest with a roof for protection.
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