Blue-winged Warbler

Vermivora cyanoptera

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4

BWWA

Code 6

VERCYA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Blue-winged Warbler has a breeding range of 757,000 square kilometers. This includes second growth habitats in some parts of southern Ontario and many areas of the eastern and midwestern United States. It winters in second growth in the Caribbean, eastern Mexico, and northern Central America. This species has an estimated breeding population of 810,000, and a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Blue-winged Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with olive-green upperparts and yellow underparts. The head is yellow with thin black eye line and olive-green nape. Wings are dark gray with two white bars. When its range overlaps with the Golden-winged Warrbler, it often interbreeds with or displaces it.

 

Range and Habitat

Blue-winged Warbler: Breeds from Minnesota, central Iowa, Wisconsin, southern Ontario, and central New England south through east-central and Atlantic coast states to northern Georgia. Winters in the tropics. Prefers abandoned fields and pastures; forest clearings and edges with clumps of catbrier, blackberry, and various bushes and young trees.

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Blue-winged Warbler SONGS AND CALLS

Blue-winged Warbler PP1

Song type 1 is a repeated "beee-buzz".

Blue-winged Warbler H1

Call is a repeated "tchip".

Similar Sounding

Golden-winged Warbler A1

Type II song is a rapid trill followed by a lower buzzy note.


Voice Text

"beee-buzzz"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Suburban expansion of the human population is depleting habitat for this species. For example, nine former breeding sites in northeastern Ohio have been converted to housing developments; this species no longer breeds there.
  • The Blue-winged Warbler hybridizes with the Golden-winged Warbler.
  • Two basic hybrid types occur - the Brewster's Warbler with yellow head and throat, white belly, and white wing bars and the less common Lawrence's Warbler with a yellow crown and belly; black throat and eye patch; and whitish wingbars.
  • 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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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Eye lineX
The line of feathers just in front of and behind the eyes. It extends back from the posterior angle of the eye. This can be a useful trait used in identification in the field since it is very noticeable.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X