Types of Warblers
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Types of Birds
While many birds go by the name warblers, the term more specifically applies to the very diverse neotropical songbirds in the family Parulidae.
The fifty seven wood warbler species, covering fifteen genera, that fill North American trees each spring also bring bursts of color and song.
Twenty five wood warblers, almost half of the North American population, belong to a single genus, Setophaga. Many, but not all of these small sized warblers display yellow feathers over portions of their bodies and wings.
Yellow-rumped warblers (Setophaga coronata) fairly common North American migrants, also flash their yellow feathers for birders as they dart among the tree limbs in their never ending quest for insects.
Two subspecies arrive in spring. Picture two shows a male Myrtle subspecies. The lack of a patch of yellow feathers covering the throat area distinguishes it from the Audubon's subspecies.
The Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata), a small, dull green or olive feathered warbler flys across most of North American during its annual migration to and from its northern most summer breeding grounds.
Many populations also winters along southern North American borders and Mexico.
Along with the Yellow-rumped warblers, they begin migrating during early spring.
In the Pacific Northwest, bright yellow feathers with black markings on the face typically mean a Townsend's Warbler. They are a very hardy species with some overwintering, rather than migrating south.
The stark black and white feathers of the Black and White Warbler (Mniotilta varia) make it easy to spot as it hops along tree branches in search of insects.
The are a fairly common species in Eastern North America.
The Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) another common eastern species, can also be easily identified by the contrasting yellow head feathers and black throat feathers, especially pronounced on the male.
The bright orange throat feathers of the Blackburnian Warbler during breeding season also makes it a fairly easy to identify species.
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