Blackburnian Warbler

Setophaga fusca

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4

BLBW

Code 6

SETFUS

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Blackburnian Warbler is a small songbird with a large breeding range of 1,910,000 square kilometers. It breeds in coniferous and mixed forests in southeastern Canada and the northeastern United States south through the Appalachians, and winters in montane tropical forests in southern Central America, northern South America, and the Andes. The Blackburnian Warbler has an estimated breeding population of 10,000,000, and a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Blackburnian Warbler: Medium warbler, yellow-orange head, black cap and cheek patch, and orange throat. Upperparts are black with white stripes and underparts are white with black- streaked flanks. Wings have prominent white patches. The tail is black with white on outer tail feathers.

 

Range and Habitat

Blackburnian Warbler: Breeds from Alberta east to Newfoundland, south to the Great Lakes, southern New England, and along the Appalachian Mountains to northern Georgia. Spends winters in the tropics of South America. Preferred habitats include mixed forests of hemlock, spruce, and various hardwoods.

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Voice Text

"sleet-sleet-sleet-sleet-sleetee-sleeeeeee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Blackburnian Warbler was named after Anna Blackburne, an English botanist. No other North American warbler has an orange throat.
  • Nests are placed high in those same trees, up to 85 feet above ground, hidden in dense foliage or in Usnea lichen. Perhaps because nests are so high, it is an uncommon victim of Brown-headed Cowbird parasitism.
  • They feed and nest in the upper and outer portions of coniferous trees, perhaps to avoid competition with other closely-related species. Hemlocks are a favorite.
  • A group of warblers has many collective nouns, including a "bouquet", "confusion", "fall", and "wrench" of warblers.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
Outer tail feathersX
The tail feathers farthest from the center.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X