Prairie Warbler

Setophaga discolor

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4

PRAW

Code 6

SETDIS

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Prairie Warbler has a large range, estimated globally at 1,600,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas and nearby island nations, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical forest and shrubland ecosystems as well as rural gardens. The global population of this bird is estimated at 1,400,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Prairie Warbler is Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Prairie Warbler: Small warbler, brown-streaked, olive-green upperparts with reddish-brown streaking, bright yellow underparts with black streaks on sides. Head has a yellow-green cap, yellow face, and dark eye, cheek stripes. Found in pine stands, mangroves and overgrown fields rather than prairies.

 

Range and Habitat

Prairie Warbler: Declining in the upper midwestern part of its range. Breeds from southern Ontario and central New England south to Oklahoma, the Gulf Coast, and Florida; local in many areas. Winters in southern Florida and in the tropics. Preferred habitats include mixed pine-oak barrens, old pastures, hillsides scattered with red cedars, open scrub, and mangrove swamps; not often found in prairies.

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Voice Text

"zzee-zzee-zzee-zzee-zzee-zzee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Prairie warbler was first described 1809 by Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot, a French ornithologist.
  • Females commonly eat the eggshells after their young hatch.
  • These birds wag their tails frequently.
  • 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

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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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.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X