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Northern Parula

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Photo by PaulyolyInterlachen, Florida.
Photo by Paulyoly
Interlachen, Florida.
Setophaga americana

Parula americana

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[edit] Identification

4-4.3"

  • Grey blue head and upperparts
  • Black lores
  • White eye-crescents
  • Olive back patch
  • 2 white wingbars
  • White tail-spots
  • White broken eye ring
  • Yellow legs
  • Throat and chest yellow with blackish-slate and rufous band across upper chest

Female: duller

[edit] Distribution

Breeds in eastern North America (southern Canada to southern US). Migrating south to winter in east Mexico, reaching to the Caribbean and Nicaragua.

FemalePhoto by bobsofpaMagee Marsh, Ohio, USA, May 2009
Female
Photo by bobsofpa
Magee Marsh, Ohio, USA, May 2009

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly placed in genus Parula.

[edit] Habitat

Open woods; prefers woodlands with abundant tree lichens.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It nest in trees in clumps of these mosses, laying 3-7 eggs in a scantily-lined cup nest.

[edit] Diet

Diet includes insects and spiders.

[edit] Vocalisation

Song: a click-like trill or buzz, zeeeeee-yip
Call: a soft chip

JuvenilePhoto by DougLasljMichigan, USA, September 2008
Juvenile
Photo by DougLaslj
Michigan, USA, September 2008

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. USGS

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