A Peterson Field Guide to Warblers of North America

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All 60 North American species are described in detail, from field marks and vocalizations to mating habits and preferred habitats; 32 color paintings use the unique Peterson Identification System to show clearly the marks that distinguish one bird from another - in confusing fall as well as colorful spring plumages; 141 color photographs accompany the species descriptions; 60 color maps show where each species can be seen at different times of the year and 13 drawings depict parts of warblers and bird behaviors.


Table of Contents:

List of Plates x
Introduction 1 The Natural History of Warblers 5 How to Identify Warblers 31 How to Use This Book 34 Plates 43 species accounts Family Peucedramidae Genus Peucedramus Olive Warbler 109 Family Parulidae Genus Vermivora Bachman s Warbler 117 Blue-winged Warbler 125 Golden-winged Warbler 133 Tennessee Warbler 145 Orange-crowned Warbler 154 Nashville Warbler 166 Virginia s Warbler 174 Colima Warbler 180 Lucy s Warbler 185 Genus Parula Crescent-chested Warbler 190 Northern Parula 195 Tropical Parula 204 Genus Dendroica Yellow Warbler 210 Chestnut-sided Warbler 232 Magnolia Warbler 240 Cape May Warbler 248 Black-throated Blue Warbler 257 Yellow-rumped Warbler 267 Black-throated Gray Warbler 282 Golden-cheeked Warbler 291 Black-throated Green Warbler 298 Townsend s Warbler 307 Hermit Warbler 316 Yellow-throated Warbler 325 Grace s Warbler 334 Pine Warbler 340 Kirtland s Warbler 349 Prairie Warbler 356 Palm Warbler 366 Bay-breasted Warbler 375 Blackpoll Warbler 383 Blackburnian Warbler 392 Cerulean Warbler 401 Genus Mniotilta Black-and-white Warbler 411 Genus Setophaga American Redstart 418 Genus Protonotaria Prothonotary Warbler 427 Genus Helmitheros Worm-eating Warbler 435 Genus Limnothlypis Swainson s Warbler 442 Genus Seiurus Ovenbird 448 Northern Waterthrush 457 Louisiana Waterthrush 468 Genus Oporornis Kentucky Warbler 475 Connecticut Warbler 484 Mourning Warbler 493 MacGillivray s Warbler 502 Genus Geothlypis Common Yellowthroat 512 Belding s Yellowthroat 525 Bahama Yellowthroat 529 Gray-crowned Yellowthroat 535 Genus Wilsonia Hooded Warbler 541 Wilson s Warbler 549 Canada Warbler 560 Genus Cardellina Red-faced Warbler 568 Genus Myioborus Painted Redstart 573 Slate-throated Redstart 579 Genus Euthlypis Fan-tailed Warbler 584 Genus Basileuterus Golden-crowned Warbler 589 Rufous-capped Warbler 593 Genus Icteria Yellow-breasted Chat 598
Acknowledgments 611 Glossary 618 Bibliography 623 References 626 Index 654

"The Peterson Field Guides series has added another weapon to its considerable arsenal of bird-identification guidebooks: a field guide devoted solely to the warblers of North America. Warblers, those small, sprightly, colorful songbirds that move north through the continent for the breeding season, have always delighted and simultaneously frustrated birders around the country. This field guide won't cure any cases of "warbler neck"--a condition brought on by extensive peering into the treetops--but it will help you to better decide just which species has your craned-neck attention. With color plates (including the "Peterson System" of arrows indicating important field marks), photographs, distribution maps, and textual information on species description, habitat, behavior, song, plumage variations, and migration patterns, this is an essential resource for birders." Amazon.com

Vermivora pinus
4.75 in. (12 cm). This inhabitant of successional habitats in eastern
North America has dramatically expanded its range to the north and
northeast in the 1900s. Although the Blue-winged is very different in
plumage pattern from the more northerly-breeding Golden-winged
Warbler, these two species are closely related and frequently
hybridize in the shifting zone where their ranges come into contact.
Hybrids are discussed under Golden-winged Warbler (p. 133). The Blue-
winged Warbler has a long, sharp bill and a bold, dark line through
the eye in all plumages, along with white undertail coverts that
contrast with the yellow underparts. The blue-gray wings with whitish
wing bars and mostly extensive white in the outer three pairs of tail
feathers are distinctive among warblers with plain olive upperparts
and unmarked yellow underparts.
Generally green above and yellow on the crown and underparts,
becoming white on the undertail coverts; all plumages show a dark
line through the eye and pale (usually whitish) wing bars. Age and
sex differences are slight; there is little seasonal change in
The Blue-winged is a medium-sized warbler with a moderately long tail
and a rather long and sharply pointed bill; there is a strong
seasonal change in bill color.

Mariner Books

Pub Date: September 24, 1997

1.67" H x 7.29" L x 4.57" W

672 pages