Magnolia Warbler

Setophaga magnolia

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4

MAWA

Code 6

SETMAG

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Magnolia Warbler has a large range, estimated globally at 3,600,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas and surrounding island nations, this bird prefers forest and shrubland ecosystems, though they can live on arable farm land. The global population of this bird is estimated at 32,000,000 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 Magnolia Warbler is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Magnolia Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with dark back, yellow rump, and black-streaked yellow underparts. The head has a blue-gray crown, yellow throat. Wings are dark with two white bars. Tail is dark with white patches and undertail coverts. Bill, legs and feet are black.

 

Range and Habitat

Magnolia Warbler: Breeds from British Columbia across central Canada to the northeastern U.S. and Appalachian mountains south to Virginia. Rare visitor to the west coast; winters in the tropics. Breeds in open stands of young spruce and fir. During migration, it can be found almost any place with shrubbery or trees.

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Magnolia Warbler SONGS AND CALLS

Magnolia Warbler A1

Call is a repeated "wenk".

Magnolia Warbler H1

Song is a whistled "weeto weeto weetee-eet".

Similar Sounding

Canada Warbler H1

Variable song is often transcribed as "suey de swee-ditchety". Often includes pauses.

Chestnut-sided Warbler A2

Song is a series of musical notes, transcribed as "pleased pleased pleased to meetcha".


Voice Text

"wee-o wee-o, wee-chew", "weety-weety-weeteeo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Magnolia Warbler was named in 1810 by Alexander Wilson, who collected a specimen from a magnolia tree in Mississippi. He used the English name "Black-and-yellow Warbler" and used "magnolia" for the Latin species name, which became the common name over time.
  • Unbeknownst to Wilson, the warblers he encountered were spring migrants on their way toward Canada--far north of the range of the Southern Magnolia tree in which he first saw them.
  • Though it has very specific habitat preferences in the breeding season, it occupies a broad range of habitats in winter: from sea level to 1,500 meters elevation, and most landscape types, except cleared fields.
  • A group of magnolia warblers are collectively known as a "corsage" 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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UnderpartsX

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

Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X