Olive Warbler

Peucedramus taeniatus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Olive Warbler (Peucedramidae)

Code 4

OLWA

Code 6

PEUTAE

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Olive Warbler has an enormous range extending up to 690,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found in the United States, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua, where it dwells primarily in subtropical and tropical forests. The global population of this species is estimated to be between 500,000 and 5,000,000 individual birds. Though global trends are not quantified, it is not believed that the population trends for this bird will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the Olive Warbler have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Olive Warbler: Medium warbler, gray back, rump, and uppertail coverts, and white belly and undertail coverts. Head, throat, nape and upper breast are orange-brown; mask is black. Wings are black, two broad white bars. Tail is notched and dark gray with white edges. Black legs, feet.


Range and Habitat

Olive Warbler: This species is a resident from southwestern Arizona south along the mountain ridge of western Mexico, and also in areas of northeast Mexico. Breeding season takes them farther north, into central Arizona and southwestern New Mexico; spends winters mainly south of the U.S.-Mexico border. Resides in coniferous forests, mostly above 7,000 feet.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"peeta-peeta-peeta", "peu"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Although the Olive Warbler has long been associated with the New World wood-warblers, evidence from anatomical and DNA studies has recently placed it in its own family, Peucedramidae.
  • It has been properly associated with the species name taeniatus only since 1948. Older literature refers to it as Dendroica olivacea or Peucedramus olivaceus.
  • Recent genetic evidence shows a close relationship with Old World accentors. It appears to be a relict of a New World expansion of the accentors, left behind after the last Ice Age.
  • A group of warblers has many collective nouns, including "a bouquet of warblers", "a confusion of warblers", and a "wrench of warblers."

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Olive Warbler

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X