Range. - Eastern United States, breeding from the Gulf to southern New England and Illinois; resident in the greater part of its range.
These loud-voiced songsters are well known in the south where they are very abundant, being found along banks of streams, in thickets, along walls, or about brush heaps. They nest in almost any suitable nook or corner, in hollow trees or stumps, bird boxes, about buildings, and in brush or bushes. When in exposed positions, the nest, which is made of all sorts of trash, is arched over; the eggs, which are laid from March to June, and frequently later, as several broods are sometimes reared in a season, are white, profusely specked with light reddish brown and purplish. Size .74 x .60.
Range. - Southern Florida.
A similar bird to the last but darker above and brighter below. Its eggs are not distinguishable from those of the last.
Range. - Southern Texas.
This sub-species is abundant along the Lower Rio Grande in southern Texas, where its habits are the same as those of the others and the eggs are not distinctive.