MAGNOLIA WARBLER

MAGNOLIA WARBLER(Setophaga magnolia)– (See images below)
DESCRIPTION: The Magnolia Warbler breeding male has a grey cap, black back and mask across the eyes, with a small whitish patch behind the eyes. It has a yellow throat and black stripes on a yellow breast. The wings have a conspicuous white band. The female looks similar but her colors are much duller and the face is plain grey with no marks. The magnolia warbler is approximately 12 cm (5 inches) long.
VOICE: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Setophaga-magnolia
NAME: Warblers are thus called thanks to their generally melodious songs. The ‘Magnolia’ warbler was given its name by American ornithologist Alexander Wilson, because the first specimen he found was in magnolias. The Latin genus name ‘Setophaga’ means ‘moth eater’.
HABITAT: Dense forest, especially conifers.
DIET: Insects (caterpillars are a favorite) and arthropods. Berries and nectar in the winter.
NESTING: Nest built on a branch near the ground. Between three and five white eggs are laid, incubated by the female. Chicks are fed by the female for the most part.
DISTRIBUTION: Breeding range includes the mid-latitudes of Canada except out west, and wintering range includes Central America and the Caribbean.
DISTRIBUTION MAP: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_warbler#/media/File:Dendroica_magnolia_map.svg
ON PEI: Breeds on Prince Edward Island, common in spring and summer.
CONSERVATION: Widespread and in large numbers, not at risk currently.
SIMILAR SPECIES: Canada Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler
REFERENCES: https://www.borealbirds.org/bird/magnolia-warbler
https://www.mba-aom.ca/jsp/toc.jsp (Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas)
American Bird Conservancy (Magnolia Warbler)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_warbler
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Magnolia_Warbler/id
https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/magnolia-warbler

Magnolia Warbler - Point Deroche Road, PEI - May 19, 2018 - © Roberta Palmer
Magnolia Warbler – Point Deroche Road, PEI – May 19, 2018 – Roberta Palmer
Magnolia warbler - May 20, 2017 - by Matt Beardsley
Magnolia warbler – May 20, 2017 – by Matt Beardsley

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