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Blue-winged Warbler

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Vermivora cyanoptera
Photo by Birder1844Fulton, New York, USA
Photo by Birder1844
Fulton, New York, USA

Vermivora pinus

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[edit] Identification

L 4 3/4" (12cm)
Male

  • Yellow head and underparts
  • Black lores
  • Blue-gray wings, with two white wing-bars
  • Undertail coverts are yellowish or white
  • Hind-neck and upperparts olive
  • White tail-spots
FemalePhoto by spitt55Western New York, July 2005
Female
Photo by spitt55
Western New York, July 2005

Female: similar but paler

  • Crown washed olive in female and juvenile

Hybrid Interbreeds with Golden-winged Warbler, producing two main plumage types: 'Brewster's Warbler' and 'Lawrence's Warbler'.

[edit] Distribution

Breeds eastern North America from southern Minnesota east to New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut south to Arkansas in the western part of its range, east across Michigan, southern Ontario, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Winters eastern Mexico to central Panama.

Rare vagrant in the west, mostly to Colorado and California.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

The scientific name is being changed to Vermivora cyanoptera[2].

[edit] Habitat

Later successional habitats including old fields, brushy hillsides, and stream edges.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They build a cup shaped nest on the ground or low in a bush. The clutch consists of 4-7 eggs.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects, and spiders.

[edit] Vocalisation

Song a rather harsh, buzzy beeee-BZZZZZ like a deep sigh.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. 51st supplement to the AOU checklist of North American birds
  3. Wikipedia

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