Breeds in coniferous and pine oak forests; also frequents woodlands with dense second-growth habitat; usually near water.
Entire lower mandible bright orange; also note bold white eye ring with tear-drop shape at rear of eye. Call note, ‘Sue-weet!’ Is frequently given on breeding grounds and easily recognized.
Nest in a variety of situations, where it builds a cup-shaped structure from mosses, small roots, grasses, and other vegetation. Diet includes insects and spiders.