Cerulean Warbler

(Setophaga cerulea)

Conservation Status

 

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  IUCN Red List

NT - Near Threatened

     
  NatureServe

N4B - Apparently Secure Breeding

S3B - Vulnerable Breeding

     
  Minnesota

Special Concern

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The male has blue upper parts and face; white underparts, undertail coverts, chin, and breast; two white wingbars; and black necklace, vertical streaking on the breast, and eyeline.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

4½ to 5 in length

7 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) has a black face and throat, and no white wingbars.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Large unfragmented areas of mature deciduous forests with a closed or almost closed canopy

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

 

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

Insects gleaned from the canopy

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Rare to uncommon migrant and breeder

 
         
 

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.

Cerulean Warbler, formerly Dendroica cerulea, is now Setophaga cerulea.

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Dendroica cerulea

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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  Cerulean Warbler
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Uploaded on May 20, 2011

Cerulean Warbler bird wild Connecticut. ©Jim Zipp 2011

   
  Cerulean Warbler, Setophaga cerulea, singing.
Rob Curtis
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 12, 2014

Cerulean Warbler, Setophaga cerulean, singing.

Species photo gallery:
http://www.theearlybirder.com/warblers/cerulean/index.htm

   
  University of Tennessee cerulean warblers study
Knoxville News Sentinel
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jun 1, 2010

University of Tennessee conducts a study on cerulean warblers, a neotropical songbird that nests in the Cumberland Mountains and winters in South America.

   
  Birding paradise in the Cerulean Warbler Bird Reserve
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Uploaded on Sep 11, 2008

The reserve was established in 2005 in order to conserve typical habitat of the Cerulean Warbler, the most threatened migratory bird in the Americas due to habitat destruction throughout its range. The reserve is located in Santander, Colombia. Come visit! www.ecoturs.org

   
  Protecting Cerulean Warblers
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Oct 29, 2010

Doctoral candidate Than Boves is working to ensure the continued survival of cerulean warblers and the preservation of their environment.

   
       

 

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