Two Subspecies of Yellow-throated Warbler

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Yellow-throated Warblers are one of my favorite warblers.

They are one of our more common warblers here in Florida during Spring and Fall migration, but some can be found all winter long, and a few even breed here in the summer.

We have two subspecies of Yellow-throated that occur here in Florida.

Yellow-throated Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler (yellow-lored)
Dominica Subspecies (Yellow-lored)

Most of our Yellow-throated Warblers have a little bit of yellow on front of their eyebrows or supercilium and long bills. Up north they prefer Loblolly Pines on their northern breeding grounds, though when I see them here, I frequently see them in palm trees.

Yellow-throated Warbler (yellow-lored)
Albilora Subspecies (White-lored)

But on rare occasions we see some with all white on their supercilium and shorter bills. They prefer breeding grounds among sycamore trees, but I haven’t seen enough of them here in Florida to guess what they prefer as they pass through.

Yellow-throated Warbler (white-lored)

It can be tempting to dismiss Yellow-throated Warblers in search of rarer birds.  But I still like to take an interest in these wonderful creatures, since it’s always nice to see a white eyebrow among the yellow.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

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