Magnolia Warbler
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General description.

The beautiful "Magnolia Warbler" is also festooned with a black back and facial mask, white wing patches and tail band. It was discovered, during migration in 1810, by ornithologist, Alexander Wilson, among the magnolia trees of Mississippi. However, it actually breeds in northern evergreens.

Female appearance.

The female is similar, but duller in color.

Juvenile appearance.

Similar to the female.

Breeding habits.

This warbler breeds from British Columbia across Canada to the northern United States down the Appalachian Mountains to Virginia. During courting season, the "Magnolia Warbler" is numerous; trees seeming to be filled with these lovely birds.

Calls or song.

The "Magnolia Warbler" male sings a short rising melody, "weeta-weeta-weeteo".

Population and distribution.

Look for the "Magnolia Warbler" in open stands of young spruce and fir, mostly foraging along the ground for insects. They winter in the tropics of central Mexico, the West Indies and south to Panama.

Nesting habits.

The female Magnolia lays four brown-spotted eggs in a shallow twig and grass nest, which she lines with rootlets.

Similar birds:

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