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Yellow-rumped Warbler

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Photo by ForcreeksSellwood, Oregon, USA, April 2005
Photo by Forcreeks
Sellwood, Oregon, USA, April 2005
Setophaga coronata

Includes: Myrtle Warbler; Audubon's Warbler; West Mexico Warbler; Goldman's Warbler


[edit] Identification

14–15 cm (5½-6 in)
Yellow patches on sides unique but occasionally lacking. Birds of subspecies nigrifrons (West Mexico Warbler) are large and have dark mantle, Goldman's Warbler (goldmani) are large and have black mantle, while Audubon's Warbler are smaller and have grey mantle.

Audubon's sub-speciesPhoto by eastwood Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 2007
Audubon's sub-species
Photo by eastwood
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 2007

[edit] Distribution

North America's most common warbler. Breeds from Alaska east to northern Quebec (absent only in arctic region) south across most of the western United States; northern Minnesota and Michigan; New York; western Pennsylvania, and New England; also along the Appalachians south to West Virginia.

Found anywhere in North America in migration. Winters in southern United States, along the west coast north to Washington, and in Central America. Rare in northern South America.

Casual vagrant to Great Britain (22 records).

[edit] Taxonomy

Photo  by etowNorth-central Ohio, USA, October 2007
Photo by etow
North-central Ohio, USA, October 2007

Formerly placed in genus Dendroica.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 6 subspecies1
The eastern (Myrtle) and western (Audubon's) races of this species were once considered separate species. New results indicate that this topic probably will be assessed again soon, and if so, each of the four groups may become full species.

  • Group "Audubon's Warbler"
  • S. c. auduboni:
  • breeds along the Pacific Slope region
  • S. c. memorabilis:
  • Group "Myrtle Warbler"
Subspecies goldmaniPhoto by Tom Jenner.Cordillera de los Cuchumatanes in western Guatemala, April 2006.
Subspecies goldmani
Photo by Tom Jenner.
Cordillera de los Cuchumatanes in western Guatemala, April 2006.
  • S. c. coronata:
  • S. c. hooveri:
  • breeds from Alaska, northern Yukon, and north-western Mackenzie south to northern British Columbia (this form sometimes lumped with coronata)
  • Group "West Mexico Warbler" (or sometimes called "Black-fronted Warbler")
  • S. c. nigrifrons:
  • breeds Chihuahua and Durango mountains in western Mexico.
  • Group "Goldman's Warbler"
  • S. c. goldmani:
  • breeds south-eastern Chiapas (rare) and Guatemala

[edit] Habitat

Coniferous and mixed forests also winters in open area.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Diet mostly insectivorous but will eat berries and other vegetation. Audobon's group eat some fruit in the winter months.

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] Reference

  1. Dunn, Jon; Garrett, Kimball. 1997. A Field Guide to Warblers of North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN 9780395783214
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  3. Birdforum thread discussing the taxonomy of Yellow-rumped Warbler

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