Kirtland's Warbler

Dendroica kirtlandii
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Description: Blue-gray above, yellow below with black stripes on sides. White eye ring, dark lores and eyeline. Faint wing bars.

Song: Lively and distinctive, starts low-pitched and rises in tempo, pitch, and volume. “Chip cip che-way-o.”

Distribution: Very limited breeding range - almost exclusively in lower Michigan peninsula. Needs large, dense stands of young jack pines with ground cover of grasses, ferns, brambles.

Known to winter only in the Bahamas.

Migration records rare and require strict documentation.

Status: Federally listed as an endangered species, with 692 known in 1996 (766 in 1995).

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