Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler

Setophaga coronata

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4

YRWA

Code 6

SETCOR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Yellow-rumped Warbler has a tremendous range reaching up to generally 9.8 million square kilometers. This bird can be found in much of the Caribbean as well as parts of North, and Central America including Bahama, Belize, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico and others. There are also vagrant populations in Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the UK. Its preferred habitat includes temperate, tropical and subtropical forests, shrublands and even rural gardens. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 90 million individuals. It is not believed that the population trends for this species will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the Yellow-rumped Warbler have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler: Medium warbler, dark-streaked, blue-gray upperparts, yellow rump. White throat and belly, breast white and black streaked, yellow patches on the sides. Head gray with yellow crown, white crescent under eyes, white supercilium, black lores and cheeks. Dark wings with two white bars. Tail is dark with white corners.

 

Range and Habitat

Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler: Breeds in coniferous forests from northern Alaska, northern Manitoba, central Quebec, and Newfoundland south and west to northern Minnesota and east to Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, and Maine. Also breeds in Pennsylvania and locally in northeastern West Virginia mountains. Spends winters from the southern part of its breeding range southward into the tropics. A highly adaptable bird found in a variety of habitats.

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Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler SONGS AND CALLS

Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler C1

Flight call is a clear "tsee".

Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler C2

Call is a sharp "chek".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"chek", "tuwee-tuwee-tuwee", "tsee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Able to digest 80% of wax-coated berries such as bayberries, the Yellow-rumped Warbler is capable of wintering farther north than any other warbler.
  • The eastern Myrtle and western Audubon forms were once considered separate species. Due to recent genetic testing, they soon may be split and again be treated as two different species.
  • The Yellow-rumped Warbler is one of the most common warblers in North America.
  • A group of warblers has many collective nouns, including a "bouquet", "confusion", "fall", and "wrench" of warblers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
SuperciliumX
Also called the superciliary, it is the arch of feathers over the eye.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X