Palm Warbler

Setophaga palmarum

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4

PAWA

Code 6

SETPAL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Palm Warbler has a significantly wide range, reaching up to 3,400,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found in the United States, Canada, Mexico, areas of the Caribbean, and parts of Central America. Its habitat is varied and includes forests, shrubland, wetlands, grassland and even urban areas, rural gardens and pastureland. The global population of this species is estimated to be around 23,000,000 individual birds. Currently, it is not believed that the population trends for this species will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the Palm Warbler have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Palm Warbler: Medium warbler with olive-brown upperparts and yellow underparts streaked with brown. Cap is chestnut-brown. Western form is grayer overall and has white belly. It pumps its tail up and down more than any other warbler. Despite its name, it lives further north than most other warblers.

 

Range and Habitat

Palm Warbler: Breeds from west-central Canada east to Labrador and Newfoundland, and south to extreme northern U.S. Spends winters in the southeastern U.S. and southward to the West Indies and Yucatan Peninsula, and also along the Pacific coast from Oregon to Baja, California. Preferred habitats include bogs, marsh edges, and weedy fields.

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Palm Warbler SONGS AND CALLS

Palm Warbler C1

Call is a thin "chip" or "tsip".

Palm Warbler B1

Song is a flat, buzzy trill.

Similar Sounding

Dark-eyed Junco E2

Song is a musical trill, all on one pitch ("Oregon" group).

Orange-crowned Warbler A1

Typical song is a high-pitched trill, usually ending on a falling or rising note.


Voice Text

"zwee-zwee-zwee-zwee-zwee-zwee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Palm Warbler can be most easily recognized by the tail-wagging habit that shows off its yellow undertail.
  • They forage on the ground much more than other warblers, sometimes flying to catch insects.
  • This is one of only three Dendroica warblers (Kirtland's and Prairie are the others) to incessantly bob its tail.
  • A group of palm warblers are collectively known as a "reading" 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

Yury Lisyak

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