Magnolia Warbler

(Setophaga magnolia)

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern


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N5 - Secure

SNRB - Unranked Breeding


not listed


Uncommon to occasionally common migrant, uncommon breeder


Openings and edges of coniferous and mixed forests


4½ to 5 in length

7½ wingspan


The upper parts are dark, the underparts yellow, and the crown bluish-gray. The wings have bold white bars that sometimes blend into a single white patch. The breeding male has a black “necklace”, four bold black streaks down the breast and flanks, a black mask, and a bold white “eyebrow”.




Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) throat and underparts are white. The crown is yellow.






Early May to early June and early August to early October.


In 2011 all of the wood warblers were reclassified resulting in new genus names for almost all of them. The Magnolia Warbler, formerly classified Dendroica magnolia, is now classified Setophaga magnolia.



Passeriformes (perching birds)



Parulidae (New World warblers)


Dendroica magnolia











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  Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)
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  Magnolia Warbler
WIld Bird Video Productions

Published on Mar 2, 2012

Magnolia Warbler singing on territory in the boreal forest in Maine. ©

  Image Magnolia Warbler(Setophaga magnolia) species wild stunning [HD 2016]
World birdsong

Published on Dec 13, 2016

* Image Magnolia Warbler(Setophaga magnolia) species wild stunning [HD 2016]

- This species is a moderately small New World warbler. It measures 11 to 13 cm (4.3 to 5.1 in) in length and spans 16 to 20 cm (6.3 to 7.9 in) across the wings. Body mass in adult birds can range from 6.6 to 12.6 g (0.23 to 0.44 oz), though weights have reportedly ranged up to 15 g (0.53 oz) prior to migration. Among standard measurements, the wing chord is 5.4 to 6.4 cm (2.1 to 2.5 in), the tail is 4.6 to 5.2 cm (1.8 to 2.0 in), the bill is 0.8 to 1 cm (0.31 to 0.39 in) and the tarsus is 1.7 to 1.85 cm (0.67 to 0.73 in).The magnolia warbler can be distinguished by its coloration. The breeding males often have white, gray, and black backs with yellow on the sides; yellow and black-striped stomachs; white, gray, and black foreheads and beaks; distinct black tails with white stripes on the underside; and defined white patches on their wings, called wing bars.Breeding females usually have the same type of coloration as the males, except that their colors are much duller. Immature warblers also resemble the same dull coloration of the females. The yellow and black-striped stomachs help one to distinguish the males from other similar birds, like the prairie warbler and Kirtland's warbler (which, however, have a breeding range to the south and east of the magnolia warbler's).

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  Setophaga magnolia = MAGNOLIA WARBLER catching midges, bathing
Rob Curtis

Published on Jun 15, 2016

Setophaga magnolia = MAGNOLIA WARBLER catching midges, bathing at Montrose Point, Chicago , May 2016

  Magnolia Warbler

Published on May 9, 2014

In this video, some magnolia warblers (Setophaga magnolia or Dendroica magnolia) are shown in trees in Central Park. The magnolia warbler is a strikingly colored, common warbler of the Americas. It breeds in Northeastern North America and Central Canada. It winters in Central America and the Atlantic islands. It has been assessed as being of least concern by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and its population is increasing.

This video was recorded on May 4, 2014 in Central Park, New York City.

  Magnolia Warbler
WIld Bird Video Productions

Uploaded on Jun 18, 2011

Magnolia warbler singing in Maine. © 2011 Garth McElroy

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