Yellow Warbler

(Setophaga petechia)

Conservation Status
Yellow Warbler
Photo by Bill Reynolds
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

5 in length

8 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Open woodlands with willow and dense, low scrub, shrubby meadows with willow.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Late April to early September

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common 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.

Yellow Warbler, formerly Dendroica petechia, is now Setophaga petechia.

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

American Yellow Warbler (aestiva group)

Alaska American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia rubiginosa)

American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia banksi)

American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia parkesi)

California American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia brewsteri)

Dugés’s Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia dugesi)

Newfoundland American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia amnicola)

Northern Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia aestiva)

Rocky Mountain American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia morcomi)

Sonora American Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia sonorana)

 

Golden Warbler (petechia group)

Barbados Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia petechia)

Cozumel Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia rufivertex)

Cuba Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia gundlachi)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia alsiosa)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia armouri)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia aurifrons)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia babad)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia bartholemica)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia chlora)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia eoa)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia flaviceps)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia flavida)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia melanoptera)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia obscura)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia rufopileata)

Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia solaris)

Hispaniola Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia albicollis)

Martinique Golden Warbler (Setophaga petechia ruficapilla)

 

Mangrove Warbler (erithachorides group)

Bryant's Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia bryanti)

Galapagos Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia aureola)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia aequatorialis)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia aithocorys)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia castaneiceps)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia chrysendeta)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia cienagae)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia iguanae)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia jubaris)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia oraria)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia paraguanae)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia peruviana)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia phillipsi)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia rhizophorae)

Mangrove Warbler (Setophaga petechia xanthotera)

Mangrove Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia erithachorides)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Dendroica aestiva

Dendroica petechia

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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A Yellow Warbler along the paved walking path in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Lac qui Parle County.

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A Yellow Warbler flew up onto this tree branch for a tasty treat.

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Bill Reynolds
       

American Yellow Warbler

The Warblers are pushing through the area. Yellow-rumped, Restarts and Yellow Warblers are everywhere. However, this male Yellow Warbler was the only one to cooperate for the camera.

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  Yellow Warbler Portrait
ebirdr
 
   
 
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Published on May 13, 2012

This portrait of a male Yellow Warbler was captured in Wylie Marsh on the Carden Plain near Kirkfield, Ontario.

Yellow Warblers are abundant throughout North America in wet habitats especially willow and alder thickets, orchards, and suburban shrubs. It is a plump, short tailed, overall yellow warbler. Its black eye contrasts on a uniformly yellow head. The male has distinctive reddish streaks on yellow underparts. The female's back, tail, and wings are yellowish-olive. The similar Prothonotary Warbler has blue-gray wings. Note how it bobs its tail frequently. The song is cheerful and bright "tsee tsee tsee tsee-ti-ti-wee" or "sweet sweet sweet I'm so sweet".

What I like about this video is the glint showing in the small black eye. The lighting, especially near the end, allowed for this. The small black eye makes it difficult to capture this highlight. The Wilson's Warbler also provides this challenge.

   
       
  Yellow Warbler
SmithsonianMBC
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Aug 13, 2008

George Jameson sent us this yellow warbler video.

   
       
  Ave Setophaga petechia (Linnaeus,1766) ,Cazadora,reinita amarilla, American Yellow Warbler
INBio
 
   
 
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Published on May 15, 2013

Mide 11.5 cm. y pesa 9 grs. Es la única reinita con un destello amarillo en la cola, y carece de marcas faciales o barras alares constrastantes.

Los adultos son oliva amarillento por encima, y amarillos por debajo. Las remeras, timoneras y todas las coberteras presentan un borde amarillo verdoso. La mayor parte del vexilo interno de todas las timoneras es de color amarillo.

El macho muestra la frente, la cara y la región inferior amarillo brillante, y un listado castaño rojizo fino en el pecho, el costado y los flancos (en ocasiones hasta ausente) durante el otoño, y prominente en la primavera.

La hembra muestra la frente del mismo color que la espalda, y un tinte oliva en la cara. Ppor lo general, el amarillo de la región inferior es más pálido y con un listado castaño escaso o ausente. El pico es oscuro, los tomios son blancuzcos, y las patas son oliva amarillento.

Los especímenes inmaduros muestran el borde de las coberteras de las primarias de color parduzco.

El macho inmaduro es similar a la hembra adulta, pero con frecuencia presenta más listado por debajo.

La hembra es más opaca, con la cara y la región inferior de color verdoso, y con frecuencia es oliva amarillento, más que amarillo.

Es frecuente en bosques secundarios, pastizales con matorrales y tierras agrícolas, áreas semi-abiertas, áreas urbanas, cafetales, manglares y jardines.

Forrajean activamente en busca de insectos en el follaje; en algunas ocasiones los atrapan mediante vuelos cortos.

Forrajean activamente en busca de insectos en el follaje; en algunas ocasiones los atrapan mediante vuelos cortos.

   
       
  Yellow Warbler (Setophaga/Dendroica petechia)
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Published on May 19, 2013

This migrant male Yellow Warbler (Setophaga/Dendroica petechia) sits out a rainstorm in a bough of a old blue spruce. Grand Forks, North Dakota (19 May 2013).

   
       
  Yellow Warbler 2013-05-25
MackM48
 
   
 
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Published on May 25, 2013

Panasonic GH2 + 100-300mm
1920x1080 60i 17Mbps
Exposure: Shutter Priority Auto (1/125)
ISO: Auto WB: Cloudy

   
       

 

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Lynn Rubey
6/9/2020

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

A Yellow Warbler flew up onto this tree branch for a tasty treat. Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Lac qui Parle County.

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Jon Klein
5/18/2019

Location: Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis, MN

Yellow Warbler


Fr. Jason Houck
5/13/2019

Location: Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis, MN

Yellow Warbler


Bill Reynolds
5/20/2018

Location: Pennington Co MN

The Warblers are pushing through the area. Yellow-rumped, Restarts and Yellow Warblers are everywhere. However, this male Yellow Warbler was the only one to cooperate for the camera.

Yellow Warbler


     
     
 
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