Kentucky Warbler

Geothlypis formosa

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4

KEWA

Code 6

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Kentucky Warbler is native to many parts of the world other than Kentucky. This bird is native to the Caribbean, Canada, Cuba, Central America and the Netherlands. The range of the Kentucky Warbler is estimated at around 2 million square kilometers. The population of this bird species is about 1 million individual birds. The prior rating for the Kentucky Warbler was Lower Risk, which was downgraded to Least Concern in 2004. At this time, there are not any threats facing the range or the population of the Kentucky Warbler.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Kentucky Warbler: Medium, ground-dwelling warbler with bright olive-green upperparts and yellow underparts. Head has black mask and sideburns and thick yellow eyebrows. Bill is black, legs and feet are pink. Secretive, heard rather than seen. It is named for the state where it was first discovered.

 

Range and Habitat

Kentucky Warbler: Breeds from southern Iowa and eastern Kansas east to New Jersey, and south from eastern Texas to Georgia. Spends winters in the tropics from central Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula south. During migration, it may be recorded farther west. Preferred habitats include low, moist, rich woodlands with luxuriant undergrowth.

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Kentucky Warbler SONGS AND CALLS

Kentucky Warbler A1

Song is a loud, whistled series of "chuuree" notes.

Kentucky Warbler C1

Typical song.

Similar Sounding

Carolina Wren C3

Typical "tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea-kettle" song.

Mourning Warbler C1

Song is a "churry churry churry chur-or-ree".


Voice Text

"churry-churry-churry-churry-churry"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Kentucky Warbler was named for the state where it was discovered in 1811 by Alexander Wilson.
  • A major threat to their habitat in many areas is the often complete loss of understory vegetation across broad areas caused by an over-abundant White-tailed Deer population.
  • Breeding Bird Survey data show a statistically significant 1% per year decline between 1966-2001 across its entire U.S. range.
  • A group of Kentucky Warblers are collectively known as a "Derby" of warblers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

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

UpperpartsX
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