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November 10, 2013

Miracles of Migration XI: The Yellow Warbler

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The American Yellow Warbler is present all across North America in the spring and summer. It is a New World Warbler and belongs to the genus Chloropeta. This attractive delightful songbird is seen almost anywhere in the United States and every sighting is like a close up of “a ray of sunshine” and definitely brings a smile to the onlooker. The breeding and nesting areas extend from southern Canada into the entire United States. The Yellow Warblers are migratory and in the winter they move away to their winter locations.

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Yellow Warblers are small songbirds, they are about 5 inches in length when they attain adult size. The birds are greenish yellow in the back, the wings and tails. The face is a bright yellow and the eye is a brilliant black and the bill is short, sharp and grey black. The undersides are greenish yellow in the adults and juveniles. In breeding plumage the yellow gets brighter and more intense and there are rusty streaks on the sides of the breast and flanks. The song of the yellow warbler is believed to say “sweet sweet sweet I’m so sweet.”


The Yellow Warblers return to their nesting and breeding sites in April and May. They prefer riparian woodlands. The mating pair builds their nest in trees. There is a definite division of labor in Yellow warblers. The female does most of the nest building and incubation of the clutch. The female lays about 3 to 4 eggs. The male protects the nest and brings back food gives it to the female and she in turn feeds the chicks. The food is primarily insects, mostly caterpillars and moths. The chicks hatch after 2 weeks and then the mother broods for another 8 or 9 days and then the chicks fledge.


Yellow Warblers begin migration sometimes as early as late July but more often in August and they are powered migrators. This means they use their own strength to fly and they have to travel from North America all the way to Central and South America. Yellow warblers fly low to the ground under 150 feet above ground level. They are night fliers moving at slow speeds of 10 to 30 mph. They travel solitary or in small groups. They are flock migrants. They usually depart right after sunset. Yellow Warblers have been recorded as molting while migrating which means they need fuel and energy to travel and to grow new feathers during their journey. The population of Yellow Warblers is slowly improving with increase in riparian woodland restoration. No visit to the woods beside any creek or stream during spring or summer is complete without a sighting of these droplets of sunshine.

1 Comment »

  1. Are these Wonderful warblers are they adapting
    To the encroachment of mankind and other
    Predators? What steps can we take to set up
    Bird hospitals?

    Comment by Kk — November 15, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

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