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Adelaide's Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Luis R
Former Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, Ceiba, Puerto Rico, 12 October 2013
Setophaga adelaidae

Dendroica adelaidae


Bluish-gray upperparts with two white wing-bars. Underside including throat yellow (except undertail coverts and abdomen, which are white); face shows a yellow eye-brow but a white sub-ocular crescent bordered in black. Bill dark but possibly with flesh-colored base, and with flesh-colored legs.

Similar Species

St. Lucia Warbler (not overlapping in range) is the most similar species. Looks similar to a female Northern Parula, but lacks the yellowish-green patch on its back and has a yellow eyebrow stripe. Other similar species are possible in migration.


Found entirely in Puerto Rico including Vieques Island.


This is a monotypic species1.

St. Lucia Warbler and Barbuda Warbler were previously thought to be conspecific with Adelaide's warbler.
Formerly placed in genus Dendroica.


Dry coastal scrublands and, to a lesser extent, moist lowland forests.



They nest at heights of 1 to 7 m and 2-4 white, brown spotted eggs are laid.


The diet includes insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Raffaele et al. 1998. Birds of the West Indies. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 0713649054

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