Click here to visit this species' account and breeding-season distribution map in Sound to Sage , Seattle Audubon's on-line breeding bird atlas of Island, King, Kitsap, and Kittitas Counties. From March through May is my favorite time to go out to the oak woodlands common around Marin. The West Coast Townsend’s actually winters on the Pacific coast from British Columbia to southern California. They fledge after 9 to 11 days in which they continue to be fed by their parents for a little while. The black-throated warblers have songs that are distinctive from other warblers and similar to each other. Box 415 133 North First Street Pierceton, IN 46562 USA Telephone: 1-800-338-1665 Fax: 1-574-594-5580 In summer, they are confined to a relatively small corner of the country, breeding only in the four northwesternmost states of the lower 48. Here, high in the treetops, they seem like tiny colorful ornaments as they forage high in dense foliage, hunting small insects and larvae. The Townsend’s warbler was among many species first collected by John Kirk Townsend during his expedition with Thomas Nuttall through the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast in 1834. Favors coniferous trees where they forage for insects; also found in a variety of wooded suburban habitats in the winter. Lower breast and sides are yellow with black streaks and belly is white.Face is yellow with black crown and cheek patch and yellow crescent below eye. Blackpoll warbler. Here you will find 602 North American bird songs. The Townsend’s warbler, ‘a very dream of a bird’, Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Miller Creek School District cancels in-person classes amid coronavirus surge, Mill Valley artist curates online exhibit in response to wildfires, Mill Valley Winterfest offers scavenger hunt, film, How to see Marin artworks online and in person, Winter art project: Really simple, really beautiful cutting boards. Townsends P.O. Other birds winter in Mexico, Central America, and the south-western United States. and Mr. William Bullock jun", "New World warblers, mitrospingid tanagers", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Townsend%27s_warbler&oldid=987205286, Native birds of the Northwestern United States, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 5 November 2020, at 16:12.
Black-and-white warbler. Also shows olive back and grayish wings with bold white wingbars. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. Townsend's Warbler'Hermit Warbler hybrids are common around Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens and the east slopes of the Olympic Mountains. They forage actively in the higher branches, sometimes hovering or catching insects in flight. Feeds on caterpillars, moths, winged insects, and other invertebrates commonly found on coniferous and deciduous foliage. Males guard their mates during the nest construction period. The primary song is a buzzy weazy weazy weazy tweea with ending notes on a higher pitch. What are warblers? Canada warbler. Townsend's Warbler: Olive-green upperparts, black throat and upper breast. Migrants seem to appear in almost any habitat with vegetation. First, the song was a simple extended warble on one pitch, which in my experience is a song type associated with the Myrtle Warbler, while Audubon’s tends to change pitch partway through, typically dropping lower. Photo by Francesco Veronese via Wikimedia Commons, Get professional advice from the editors of. New World Warblers(Order: Passeriformes, Family:Parulidae). Listen to warblers on bird-sounds.net. Contact. On this vital quality-of-life metric, we clearly live in the most favored 4% of the country’s longitudinal expanse. North Shore Birding FestivalOccurs early December in Maitland, Florida », YUMA BIRD, NATURE & HISTORY FESTIVALOccurs early January in YUMA, Arizona », Bald Eagle DaysOccurs early January in Rock Island, Illinois », White Pelican CelebrationOccurs early January in Chokoloskee, Florida », Wings Over WillcoxOccurs mid-January in Willcox, Arizona », Townsend's Warbler
Black-throated gray warbler. Adult males have a black cap, black throat and yellow lower breast; females have a dark cap and a yellow throat.
Males sing two song types. But, those who know this bird value it appropriately. Females have a yellow throat and gray, not black, cheeks. In the winter, taciturnity is their more typical mode. townsend’s × Audubon’s hybrid, but certain details suggest that the Yellow-rumped parent might be Myrtle Warbler. But in winter, they head south and to the coast, dividing time mostly between Mexico and the edge of the Pacific. A secondary song can be rendered swee swee swee zee and is heard mostly when males “countersing” (exchange songs) with rivals on the breeding grounds. Home » Learn » Bird Identification Guide » Warblers » Townsend’s Warbler. The Townsend’s warbler is a medium-sized warbler at about 5 inches in length. Their nests are characterized as bulky open cups. Sylvia townsendi (protonym)  Townsend's warbler is now placed in the genus Setophaga that was introduced by the English naturalist William Swainson in 1827. Contrasty face pattern; dark cheeks and crown bordered by bright yellow. Like other bug eaters, they have thin bills (unlike the more conical, seed-cracking bills of goldfinches, our most common little yellow birds) and are mostly summer visitors to North America, where much of the continent sees a great seasonal upsurge in invertebrate prey, followed by several months of relative scarcity. The Black-throated Gray Warbler is a striking yet monochrome warbler that wears only a tiny spot of yellow just above and in front of the eye. The female lays three to seven eggs and incubates them for a period of 11 to 14 days. I am surrounded on all sides by the songs of the local nesters: titmice, juncos, wrens and finches. If I want to see a variety of warblers in summer, I’ll have to travel to various distinct locations at irksome distances. They show the yellowish streaked underparts of the Townsend's Warbler and the yellow head of the Hermit Warbler. Although Townsend is also credited with first describing this bird, he used a name chosen by Thomas Nuttall, who was travelling with him, and so sidestepped the convention against naming a species after oneself. It is a species of the Pacific slope, seldom celebrated in the standard catalogs of the continent’s avian beauties. Its black throat and gray back give it its name, but its bold black-and-white striped face is equally eye catching. The Cornell Lab will send you updates about birds, birding, and opportunities to help bird conservation.  The type locality is Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River in the state of Washington. He is a co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Novato, leads walks and seminars on nature in Marin, and blogs at Nature In Novato. Song… Townsend's warbler has a yellow face with a black stripe across its cheeks extending into an ear patch, a thin pointed bill, two white wing bars, olive upperparts with black streaks on their backs and flanks, and a white belly. Both sexes give a soft chip call; fighting males sometimes make a rapid twittering sound, as do females disturbed at the nest. Cape May warbler.
Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I call them the “zoo zee” warblers. Males sing occasionally during migration and sometimes in late winter before migration.
These nests are usually placed atop a branch in a conifer. My favorite old-time ornithologist William Leon Dawson said that the Townsend’s warbler “is, in fact, a very dream of a bird, and I count it rather the handsomest of our western species.” I agree. However, Listen to more sounds of this species from the ML archive. The ethereal, buzzy songs of Townsend’s Warblers wafting through old-growth conifer forests provide a dreamlike soundtrack to an enchanting environment. The call is a sharp tup.
During the nesting season, they spend much of their time high in the forest canopy and mix little with people. The Townsend’s warbler is the loveliest bird in California. So how did this bird get its name? The song of the male bird is a buzzed zee-zee-zee-bzz-zee, somewhat similar to that of its eastern relative, the black-throated green warbler. In winter, they also eat berries and plant nectar. An adult male has a boldly marked black-and-yellow head, with a black cheek and throat. That spring is starting now. I know the bird will sing in a month or two, but what sound could possibly live up to the appearance of this bird?
This bird was named after the American ornithologist, John Kirk Townsend.