Blackburnian Warbler

General description.

Flitting from oak to hickory, the breeding male "Blackburnian Warbler" lights up the ridges of the Appalachians. The black and white bird has an orange throat, crown patch and eyebrow, and large white wing patches. Both sexes are boldly striped. In the early 1900's, this warbler was sent from America to Mrs. Hugh Blackburn of England, a collector of birds, and named for her.

Female appearance.

The female Blackburnian is similar to the male, only she has yellow markings.

Juvenile appearance.

The young look like the female.

Breeding habits.

The "Blackburnian Warbler's" breeding range begins in Saskatchewan eastward to Nova Scotia and southward to the Great Lakes and southern New England. They will also breed in the mountains to northern Georgia.

Calls or song.

The Blackburnian has a repertoire of thin, high-pitched and penetrating notes, "sleet-sleet-sleet-sleet-sleet-sleeee" or "tiddly-tiddly-tiddly-tiddly".

Population and distribution.

These beautiful birds inhabit mixed forests of hardwoods and evergreens, and are hard to locate in the dense foliage. They winter in Guatemala and southward to North South America.

Nesting habits.

This warbler builds its nest high up and far out on the edge of a limb, where it is relatively safe. It is made of twigs and lined with lichen, moss and hair. The nest will house four brown spotted eggs.
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