Sexes are similar. Ovenbirds prefer to nest in deciduous woodlands with a well
developed leaf litter layer. The domed nest with a side entrance is built on the ground by
the female. Four to 5 eggs are incubated by the female. The young are tended by both
parents and leave the nest in 8 to 10 days.
According to data from the Bird Banding Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, a total of
162,186 Ovenbirds have been banded since 1955. Of these, 264 have been recovered, a
recovery rate of 0.16%.
Ovenbirds feed on insects, spiders and other invertebrates found on or near the forest
floor. They no doubt play an important role in the ecology of North American forests, and
add a pleasant touch of sound and color to our world. Unfortunately, Breeding Bird Census
data and Christmas Bird Count Data show that populations of Ovenbirds are declining.
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