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Aberrant Tennessee Warbler? in Cuba

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Old Sunday 1st September 2013, 21:53   #1
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Aberrant Tennessee Warbler? in Cuba

On 18 August 2013 I photographed this bird in the Zapata Swamp area in Cuba. Although I have plenty of pictures it does not seem to fit exactly. According to me it is an aberrant Tennessee warbler with no white supercilium and only a very faint eye-stripe. I would appreciate some help with either corrections or suggestions as I have no experience with this species.

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Old Sunday 1st September 2013, 22:05   #2
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One more from behind might help.

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Old Sunday 1st September 2013, 23:37   #3
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It looks more like a young Yellow Warbler.
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Old Sunday 1st September 2013, 23:43   #4
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Looks a juv Mangrove (Yellow) Warbler
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Funny: the Yellow Warblers in Cuba I thought belonged to the "Golden" variety. This bird is very different from the juveniles I am used to from more easterly in the Caribbean. But I see that some of the drawings in Sibley depicts some juvenile golden as being this greyish, presumably using Florida birds as types.

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Found this similar HY Mangrove browsing a bit:

http://s3.amazonaws.com/birdfellow-p...jpg?1270949354
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Thanks for the advice. Although I initially filed this bird as juvenile Yellow Warbler, I felt it did not properly match the juvenile birds depicted in the bird books I used (A guide to the birds of the West Indies and Birds of Cuba), but as brought forward, Sibley indeed has a more convincing drawing of a juvenile and the link found by Motmot is an almost exact copy. Without aiming to identify the (Northern or Golden) group, I saw plenty of Yellow Warblers and no Mangrove Warblers. Therefore Yellow Warbler is probably more likely.

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