Prothonotary Warbler

Protonotaria citrea
Prothonotary Warbler 2 (22331 bytes)

Description: Brilliant golden-orange underparts with white lower belly and undertail coverts; back greenish, wings and tail bluish gray. Prominent dark eye.

Song: Clear, ringing, slightly upslurred "sweet-sweet-sweet-sweet-sweet."

Produced by: Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

Distribution: Breeding range concentrated from eastern Texas, Louisiana, and Kansas east to southern New Jersey, though absent in high Appalachians. Scattered populations north to southern Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and western New York. Breeds in wooded swamps, bottomland forests, and other areas with slow-moving water.

Winters in southern Mexico and Central America.

Primarily a trans-Gulf migrant, arriving typically on Gulf Coast after second week of March. Northern-edge breeders arrive early May.

Status: Largely stable, though limited by availability of nest sites (tree cavities). Breeding Bird Survey

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