The Northern Parula is another bird species which is often
easier to hear than to see, as they prefer to nest in areas with dense hanging
Spanish Moss or other lichens. The task is made more difficult because of their
tendency to forage in dense treetop foliage. Normally a bird of the
eastern part of the United States, strays often make it all the way to the West
Coast during migration.
to nest in humid coniferous and deciduous forests, especially those that have an
abundance of Spanish Moss or other tree lichens or are in and around swamps,
rivers, and lakes. They can be found in nearly any kind of forest and
woodland habitat during migration and in winter.
Diet: Primarily feeds on insects and spiders. Will also
occasionally feed on berries.
Behavior: Moves deliberately through the foliage,
gleaning insects from leaves and twigs, occasionally flying out to capture
an insect flying by or an insect spotted on the ground.
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota.
Summers throughout much of the Eastern United States up through southeastern
Canada. Winters in the tropics.
Conservation Status: Seems to be stable throughout
its normal range.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Northern Parula"
Photo Information: Photo taken on May 24th, 2012 near
Acadia National park in Maine - Terry Sohl