Yellow Warblers are one of the most widespread and common warblers in North
America. They are a very common host to cowbird
parasitism, Yellow Warblers will often
build a new nest floor over the top of cowbird eggs and lay another clutch.
The Yellow Warbler familiar to most in the United States appears as the bird to
the right, and represents the migratory form. Additional forms exist in other
parts of the Western Hemisphere, and have much more chestnut or rufous color on
Habitat: Woodlands, brush and thickets, orchards,
Diet: Mostly insects. Shows
a decided preference for caterpillars. Occasionally will eat fruits and
Behavior: Uses a variety of foraging
methodologies, including observing from a perch and flying out to capture
flying insects (flycatching), climbing through vegetation and gleaning
insects from vegetation foliage, or hovering and gleaning insects.
Nesting: May through July
Migration: Yellow Warblers are neotropical migrants, wintering in Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Non-migratory forms and other forms also exist in Central America, Mexico, and
Conservation Status: Generally stable and widespread. Not
as susceptible to habitat loss as many other species, due to its preference
for woodland edges and second-growth forest.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Yellow Warbler
eNature.com - Yellow Warbler
Photo Information: May 9th, 2011 -
Big Sioux Recreation Area
in Brandon, South Dakota -- Terry Sohl
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