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Blue-winged Warbler

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

Vermivora pinus


[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto © by spitt55Western New York, July 2005
Photo © by spitt55
Western New York, July 2005

L 4 3/4" (12cm)

  • 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

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

JuvenilePhoto © by glide133Doodletown Rd, Orange County, New York, July 2018
Photo © by glide133
Doodletown Rd, Orange County, New York, July 2018

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, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. 51st supplement to the AOU checklist of North American birds
  3. Wikipedia

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