Yellow-rumped Warbler

(Setophaga coronata)

Conservation Status
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Photo by Ramona Abrego
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

 
  Minnesota

not listed

 
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The upperparts are gray with black streaking on the male, dark gray streaking on the female. There is a yellow rump, a yellow patch on the sides, and on the male a yellow patch on the crown. The underparts are white with dark streaking. The chin is white. The male has a black breast band.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

5 to 6 in length

9 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) throat and underparts are yellow. It does not have a yellow crown.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Coniferous and mixed forests

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Late March to early June and August to early November

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Abundant migrant, common 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.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, formerly Dendroica coronata, is now Setophaga coronata.

The correct taxonomic treatment of Yellow-rumped Warbler remains a matter of debate. The International IOC World Bird List version 11.1 separates Audubon’s and Goldman’s warblers as separate species. A proposal in 2017 to the American Ornithologists' Union, now the American Ornithological Society, to split the species was rejected.

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Audubon’s Warbler (Setophaga coronata auduboni)

Black-fronted Warbler (Setophaga coronata nigrifrons)

Goldman's Warbler (Setophaga coronata goldmani)

Hoover's Warbler (Setophaga coronata hooveri)

Myrtle Warbler (Setophaga coronata coronata)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Dendroica coronata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Ramona Abrego

 
 

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Margot Avey

 
 

These birds were very small and moved quickly. Many of them around mainly eating seeds in the short grasses and some in mountain ash trees.

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Kim Harcey

 
 

I just recently had my first experience with the Yellow-rumped Warbler & I wanted to share....

I noticed a male at my window feeders & it was very friendly & inquisitive. I decided to hold my hand out the window with seeds to see what it would do.

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It immediately came to my hand, I got pictures & a video on my cellphone camera.

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Wayne Rasmussen

 
 

Urban parks host a large variety of wildlife if you really spend some time observing.

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A quick look at an adult male Yellow-rumped warbler.

   
 

Kim Harcey

 
  Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 01
Published on May 9, 2017
 
   
 
About

I just recently had my first experience with the Yellow-rumped Warbler & I wanted to share....

I noticed a male at my window feeders & it was very friendly & inquisitive. I decided to hold my hand out the window with seeds to see what it would do.

It immediately came to my hand, I got pictures & a video on my cellphone camera.

© 2022 Kim Harcey
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  Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 02
Published on May 9, 2017
 
   
 
About

I just recently had my first experience with the Yellow-rumped Warbler & I wanted to share....

I noticed a male at my window feeders & it was very friendly & inquisitive. I decided to hold my hand out the window with seeds to see what it would do.

It immediately came to my hand, I got pictures & a video on my cellphone camera.

© 2022 Kim Harcey
Uploaded by MinnesotaSeasons.com

   
       
  Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 03
Published on May 9, 2017
 
   
 
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I just recently had my first experience with the Yellow-rumped Warbler & I wanted to share....

I noticed a male at my window feeders & it was very friendly & inquisitive. I decided to hold my hand out the window with seeds to see what it would do.

It immediately came to my hand, I got pictures & a video on my cellphone camera.

© 2022 Kim Harcey
Uploaded by MinnesotaSeasons.com

   
       
 
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Yellow-rumped warbler (eastern, myrtle) singing in the Maine boreal forest. © 2011 Garth McElroy

   
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  Yellow-rumped Warbler (Emberizidae: Setophaga/Dendroica coronata) Male
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Published on Apr 20, 2012

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (20 April 2012).

   
  Yellow-rumped Warbler (Emberizidae: Setophaga/Dendroica coronata) Close-up
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Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (13 May 2011).

   
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Published on Apr 20, 2014

Coon Rapids Dam, Minnesota,

April 20, 2014

   

 

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  Coro
4/24/2022

Location: Minnetonka

Spotted in a maple tree in my backyard.

 
  JazzyzGurl
4/25/2022

Location: 43.9980470, -92.4063770 (Olmsted County)

At least four of the Myrtle variety spotted.

 
  Ramona Abrego

Location: Washington County

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  Luciearl
10/7/2019

Location: Cass County

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  Margot Avey
9/28 and 9/29/2018

Location: Duluth MN and Two Harbors MN

These birds were very small and moved quickly. Many of them around mainly eating seeds in the short grasses and some in mountain ash trees.

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  Bear Peterson
9/27/2018

Location: Austin MN

For the bird watchers,
I thought at first I was seeing a redstart perched on top of the sunflower just outside my back door in Austin MN, but wait a minute, a redstart doesn’t have a bright yellow bib, nor do they have the white markings in the places this bird did. It was in a mixed flock of Black and White Warblers and Myrtle’s Yellow Rumped Warblers. In trying to find a match the photo that most closely resembles the bird I saw makes absolutely no sense at all, that’s the Goldman’s Yellow Rumped Warbler of Central America and Southern Mexico , but they do not migrate, nor does their range extend as far north as Austin Texas, much less Austin MN.

And of course, when I first saw it, it was in a perfect spot for a photo, not even 6 feet away from me through clean glass, sitting still in full sunlight. But I didn’t even have the cell phone on me, by the time I got back with a camera it was perched on the fence at the back side of our lot, in the shade of a big maple and just out of the range of the lens’s zoom.

Any more plausible explanations than a Goldmani suddenly developing a wanderlust and heading up to “El Norte” last Spring or a Myrtle randomly developing the same markings as its Goldman cousins would be greatly appreciated.

 
  GoGo
5/12/2018

Location: Appaloosa Woods, Maple Grove, MN

and remember you are never alone...

 
  Kim Harcey
5/9/2017

Location: Cambridge, MN

I just recently had my first experience with the Yellow-rumped Warbler & I wanted to share....

I noticed a male at my window feeders & it was very friendly & inquisitive. I decided to hold my hand out the window with seeds to see what it would do.

It immediately came to my hand, I got pictures & a video on my cellphone camera.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

 
  Gregory Gilman
4/24/2015

Location: Rochester, MN

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  Gregory Gilman
4/23/2015

Location: Rochester, MN

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  Wayne Rasmussen
4/23/2003

Location: Maplewood Heights Park

Urban parks host a large variety of wildlife if you really spend some time observing.

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