When You Think of a Yellow Bird, What Comes to Mind?



For many people living in North America, my guess would be the Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia). This wood warbler, previously known as Dendroica petechia, possesses the most striking amount of yellow of any wood warbler in North America. I mean this bird is yellow.

The Yellow Warbler is abundant and widespread having the broadest distribution of any Dendroica warbler in North America1.

This bird found in my yard for a few days during migration is most likely a female (you can see an excellent photo of the male showing the chestnut streaking on his underparts on my friend Ken’s Flickr page).

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) photos by Larry Jordan

Even its feet are yellow (click on photos for full sized images).

Note the yellow edges on the wings and lack of white wing bars.

The Yellow Warbler also has distinctive yellow edges on its tail feathers.

Obviously, if you like yellow, you’ll love this bird!


References: 1Birds of North America Online

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan is an avid birder and amateur photographer living on the Pacific Flyway near the Central Valley of Northern California. He is a board member of his local Audubon Society and is a bird and wildlife conservationist. Larry contributes to several wildlife conservation organizations and is a BirdLife International "Species Champion." He is also Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Western Burrowing Owl population in the United States. Larry has been blogging about birds since September of 2007 at TheBirdersReport.com

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan is an avid birder and amateur photographer living on the Pacific Flyway near the Central Valley of Northern California. He is a board member of his local Audubon Society and is a bird and wildlife conservationist. Larry contributes to several wildlife conservation organizations and is a BirdLife International "Species Champion." He is also Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Western Burrowing Owl population in the United States. Larry has been blogging about birds since September of 2007 at TheBirdersReport.com

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