prairie warbler (Dendroica discolor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.

 

IDENTIFICATION:

  • Length: 4 inches

  • small, active, insect-eating bird

  • Thin, pointed bill

  • Black line goes through eye and encircles yellow spot below

  • Yellow supercilium

  • Olive upperparts with rust streaks on back

  • Yellow underparts with dark streaks on sides

  • Yellow rump

  • Dark legs

  • Indistinct pale wing bars

  • Adult male has brightest plumage, female and immatures duller with        black face markings replaced by gray

  • Frequently wags its tail

  • Often found in scrubby habitats

Similar species:

Prairie warblers typically have a distinctive face pattern but this can be
difficult to discern in immatures. Prairie warblers often wag their tails.
Palm warblers also wag their tails but are paler below with more streak-

ing on the breast.

 

LIFE HISTORY

Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Successional-scrub
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-5
Length of Incubation: 12(11-14) days
Days to Fledge: 9-10(8-11)
Number of Broods: 1, occasionally 2
Diet: Primarily insects

 

SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE

 

Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.

 

Relative abundance
     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
            numbers.
     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.

 

Seasonal Occurrence
      Sp - Spring: March, April, May
R
      Su - Summer: June, July, August R
      Fall: September, October, November

      Winter: December, January, February

 

 

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