Cape May Warbler

(Setophaga tigrina)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Cape May Warbler

 

NatureServe

N5B - Secure Breeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon migrant, sporadic breeder

Habitat

Breeding: Mature coniferous and mixed forests

Migration: Forests, woodlands, and thickets

Size

4¾ to 5 in length

7½to 8¾ wingspan

  Photo by Ramona Abrego
 
Identification

Cape May Warbler is a small perching bird but a medium-sized New World Warbler. Its breeds in Canada from Nova Scotia to the Northwest Territories, and in the United States in northern New England and the Upper Midwest. It winters in the West Indies. In Minnesota it breeds in Arrowhead region. It is an uncommon migrant in most of the state in May and from early August through October. It is rare in the west.

Cape May Warbler adult is 4¾ to 5 in length and has a wingspan of 7½to 8¾. On the breeding male, the upper parts are dark olive green, the chin, sides of the neck (“collar”), and rump are yellow. The crown is dark and the face is yellow. There is a large chestnut-brown ear patch and a dark eye line. The bill is thin, dark, and slightly curved downward. The breast and flanks are yellow with dark stripes that converge on the throat. The undertail coverts are white. On each wing there is a distinct white patch formed by the greater coverts. The tail is short.

The female is paler overall and has two thin white wing patches. The crown is olive-gray and there is a grayish cheek patch.

 
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Food

Insects, especially spruce budworm; flower nectar; and fruit juices

 
Nesting

The nest is built in a mature forest near the top of a tall spruce or balsam fir tree usually near the trunk.

 
Migration

May and early August through October

 
Comments

Taxonomy
In 2011 all of the wood warblers were reclassified resulting in new genus names for almost all of them. Cape May Warbler, formerly Dendroica tigrina, is now Setophaga tigrina.

 
Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Superfamily:

Passeroidea

 

Family:

Parulidae (New World warblers)

 

Genus:

Setophaga

 
Synonyms

Dendroica tigrina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Oct 11, 2019

Setophaga tigrina CAPE MAY WARBLER feeding on scale insects, trying for flying insects, scared by wasp, Montrose Point, Chicago, 9/23/2019.

   
       
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May 20, 2013

This migrant male Cape May Warbler (Setophaga/Dendroica tigrina) takes a brief respite from foraging to dry and vigorously preen on too cold, too wet mid-May day in Grand Forks, North Dakota (20 May 2013).

   
       

 

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Location: Washington County

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