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Cerulean Warbler

Cerulean Warbler
Cerulean Warbler (male)

© Greg Lavaty

Setophaga cerulea

Family: (Parulidae) Wood-Warblers

Preferred Habitat: Mature woodlands close to water.

Seasonal Occurrence: Unommon in spring; lesser numbers in the fall.

Notes: Cerulean Warblers are a prized sight during spring migration. They are few in numbers and difficult to spot as they prefer to forage high in the treetops. Males are very distinctive. No other warbler has the combination of bright blue back plumage and streaked breast necklace. Females have muted grayish-blue plumage on their backs with white eyestripes and wingbars. Cerulean Warblers are a declining species; primary factors are the loss of mature deciduous forests. For more information please consult the Audubon WatchList article about them on the Audubon web site. Smith Oaks Sanctuary in High Island is one of the best locations to look for them. Sightings are also reported at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary in west Houston. Cerulean Warblers tend to appear fairly early during spring migration, with mid-April being the peak period.
- Susan Billetdeaux