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Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler

© Greg Lavaty

Setophaga fusca

Family: (Parulidae) Wood-Warblers

Preferred Habitat: Woodlands.

Seasonal Occurrence: Spring and fall migration.

Profile by Glenn Olsen: There are many rewards for spring “warbler neck” and one of my favorites is seeing the Blackburnian Warbler. While searching the green leaves of a live oak for spring migrants, I have been rewarded to see the brilliant, fire-orange colored throat of this beautiful warbler. The Blackburnian is one of our most colorful, and distinctive warblers. Wintering as far south as the northern half of South America, we see this colorful warbler in spring migration as the males and females migrate to breeding grounds in southeastern Canada, the coniferous forests of the northern states and south in the mountains of the Appalachian Trail. The male of this species is not easily confused with any other bird due to the bright red-orange coloring of the chin, throat and face. The upperparts are blackish and the wing has a large white wing patch. Coloring on the females on the other hand is more subdued. Usually the chin, throat and face are yellowish with only a hint of orange and the colors are not bright as in the male. Females may be confused with a few other warblers if one is not paying close attention. During spring migration do not let warbler neck cut your birding day short and miss the opportunity of seeing this almost glow-in-the-dark warbler! Get out and go birding.

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