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Blackburnian Warbler

Paruline à gorge orangée

Setophaga fusca

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Species: The Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) is found high in the crown of the trees. This warbler prefers coniferous type forests, hemlocks and spruce and sometimes pine. Most times hard to see but with patience, one will see it moving about, gleaning insects off the foliage, maybe even picking insects out of the air.

Distinctions: The male and female have close similarities. The male is black, white and orange. Having a bright orange coloured forehead, face and throat, black crown, auriculars (cheeks), back, tail and wings with large white patches. Streaked flanks and an off white breast. The female has the same appearance, except shows more yellow than orange. The juvenile resembles the female.

Voice: Call notes starts out with a high note then continues to get higher and higher. Once heard, it will become an easy bird to recognize in the future.

Nesting: Four to five white eggs with brown spots. Nest is usually built high in a conifer, on a limb away from the trunk, constructed with conifer needles, strips of bark and lichen.

Birds of North America
B L W W W Family Latin Name
5" 12.7cm 8.5" 21.6cm 0.35oz 9.9g Parulidae Setophaga fusca

  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter

Distribution: Prefers old growth forest, found mostly in conifers, preferring hemlocks and spruce but sometimes in deciduous. Seen in northwestern Newfoundland and Labrador, through the Maritime provinces, west to Alberta, then east to below the Great Lakes to the Carolinas and the Atlantic coast.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds