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Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)

Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)

Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)

Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina) - Female Cape May Warbler Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina) Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina) Cape May Warbler (Dendroica tigrina) - 1st Winter

Class: Aves
Family: Parulidae
Common Name: Cape May Warbler
Genus: Setophaga
Species Name: tigrina

About The Cape May Warbler

A medium-sized (5 inches) wood warbler, the male Cape May Warbler is most easily identified by its streaked olive back, streaked yellow breast and flanks, and yellow face with prominent rusty cheek patches. Female Cape May Warblers are similar to males, but are duller and lack rusty patches on the face. The male is relatively unmistakable in good light, but the female may be confused with other female wood warblers with streaked flanks, such as the female Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca). The Cape May Warbler primarily breeds in south-central Canada. Smaller numbers breed south of the U.S.border in the upper Midwest and northern New England. The Cape May Warbler winters from the Florida Keys and the Bahamas south to southern Mexico and Central America. Cape May Warblers breed in northern evergreen forests, particularly in areas where spruce and fir trees occur. In winter, this species may be found in a number of shrubby habitat types, including mangroves and forest edges. Cape May Warblers mainly eat small invertebrates, including insects and spiders, although this species may eat fruits or berries in winter. In appropriate habitat, Cape May Warblers may be observed foraging for food located on leaves, needles, and branches in the forest canopy. Birdwatchers may also listen for this species’ song, a high-pitched “seet” note repeated several times in quick succession. Cape May Warblers are primarily active during the day.

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Bibliographic Citation: Rumelt, Reid B. Setophaga tigrina. June-July 2012. Brief natural history summary of Setophaga tigrina. Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

Trips Where Observed

Dominican Republic
Mexico to Panama

Member Lifelists

North America
United States

Sites Where Observed

Cape May Warbler (Dendroica tigrina) - 1st Winter
See photo. I am calling it Cape May based on the very sharp looking beak and the subtle yellowish coloring on the face.


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