cerulean warbler (Dendroica cerulea)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 4 inches
small, active, insect-eating bird
Thin, pointed bill
Pale blue to blue-gray upperparts with black streaks on back
White underparts with thin black band across breast
Black streaks on sides
Female and immature:
Upperparts not as blue as male-more gray
Lacks breast band of male, streaking on sides reduced
Although not as colorful as some other warblers, the male cerulean
warbler is recognizable by its white underparts crossed by a thin black
band. This field mark is useful since this bird often forages high in the
canopy where the pale blue upperparts are not easily seen. Females,
and especially immatures, are very nondescript but have bold white
superciliums, mostly white underparts, and wing bars. There is often a
hint of bluish color, especially on the crown.
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: Mid-story/canopy nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-5
Length of Incubation: 12-13(?) days
Days to Fledge: ?
Number of Broods: ?
Diet: Primarily insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May U
Su - Summer: June, July, August U
Fall: September, October, November
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley