Blackburnian Warbler

(Setophaga fusca)

Conservation Status
Blackburnian Warbler
Photo by Dan W. Andree
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The upper breast and throat are bright orange on the male, yellowish-orange on the female. The sides of the neck, arc below the eye, line above the eye, and stripe on the forecrown are yellowish-orange on the male, orangish-yellow on the female. The line above the eye and that on the side of the neck form a solid angular patch. The head, facepatch, and back are black on the male, brown on the female. The wings are black with a large white patch on the male, brown with two white wingbars on the female. The belly and undertail coverts are white or yellowish. The flanks and sides are streaked.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

5 to 5½ in length

8 to 8¾ wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Breeding: Mature coniferous and mixed forests with tall trees

Migration: Forests, woodlands, scrubs, and thickets; especially areas with dense, tall, second growth, like state and county parks.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Early May to early June and mid-August to late September.

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

The nest is built high in a tall conifer

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Fairly common but local in Northeastern Minnesota

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), Blackburnian Warbler has an “ extremely large range.” The population size is “extremely large” and appears to be increasing. In Minnesota, it is fairly common in the northeastern and north central counties. During migration, it is found throughout the state.

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Parulidae (New World warblers, wood warblers)  
 

Genus

Setophaga (redstarts)  
       
 

In 2011 all of the wood warblers were reclassified resulting in new genus names for almost all of them. The genus Dendroica, with 29 members, was merged with the genus Setophaga, with just 3 members. All of the former Dendroica species have been renamed to Setophaga.

Blackburnian Warbler, formerly Dendroica fusca, is now Setophaga fusca.

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Dendroica fusca

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Dan W. Andree

 
 

Blackburnian and Magnolia Warbler at a MN. woodland pond...

Adult males….They were about to take a bath.

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Setophaga fusca

 
     

 

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Other Videos
 
  Blackburnian Warbler
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Published on May 12, 2017

Video courtesy of Eric S. Liner/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

   
  Blackburnian Warblers
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
 
   
 
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Published on May 27, 2014

Beautiful Blackburnian Warblers (Setophaga fusca) in spring migration, feeding and singing - truly gorgeous little creatures!

   
  Blackburnian Warbler, Galveston Texas
Jackson Childs
 
   
 
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Published on Nov 12, 2010

Blackburnian Warbler filmed at Stevenson Woods, Galveston TX.

For more about Gulf Crossing, go to http://gulfcrossingmovie.com

   
  Blackburnian Warbler
Larry Bond
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 27, 2017

The male is unmistakable with its bright orange or yellow around the head and a flaming throat. It has a broad white wing patch and white in its outer tail feathers. The female and immatures are pale version of the male with two white wing bars and streaked back. They have pale yellow or buffy eyebrow stripe.

Usually seen in upper branches.

For more info see:
https://ebirdr.com/bird/blackburnian-warbler

   
       

 

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  Dan W. Andree
3/12/2018

Location: MN

Blackburnian and Magnolia Warbler at a MN. woodland pond... Adult males….They were about to take a bath.

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