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GALLERIES > BIRDS > PASSERIFORMES > PARULIDAE > BLUE-WINGED WARBLER [Vermivora cyanoptera]


Blue-winged Warbler Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Oak Openings Preserve (Toledo, OH)
GPS: 41.5N, -83.8W, elev=659' MAP
Date: May 25, 2009
ID : 7C2V7941 [3888 x 2592]

Blue-winged Warbler Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Oak Openings Preserve (Toledo, OH)
GPS: 41.5N, -83.8W, elev=659' MAP
Date: May 25, 2009
ID : 7C2V7946 [3888 x 2592]

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Blue-winged Warbler Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Magee Marsh (Crane Creek), OH
GPS: 41.6N, -83.2W, elev=573' MAP
Date: May 9, 2010
ID : 7C2V7935 [3888 x 2592]

Blue-winged Warbler Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Magee Marsh (Crane Creek), OH
GPS: 41.6N, -83.2W, elev=573' MAP
Date: May 3, 2008
ID : 0563 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Blue-winged Warbler, Vermivora pinus, is a fairly common New World warbler, 11.5 cm long and weighing 8.5 g. It breeds in eastern North America in southern Ontario and the eastern USA. Its range is extending northwards, where it is replacing the very closely related Golden-winged Warbler, Vermivora chrysoptera.

It is migratory, wintering in southern Central America. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe, with one bird wandering to Ireland.

The breeding male Blue-winged Warbler is unmistakable. It is yellow above and below. The wings are gray with two white bars, and there is a black eye stripe. Females are duller, but otherwise similar.

The breeding habitat is open scrubby areas. Blue-winged Warblers nest on the ground or low in a bush, laying 4-7 eggs in a cup nest.

These birds feed on insects, and spiders.

The song is a series of buzzing notes. The call is a sharp chip.

This species forms two distinctive hybrids with Golden-winged Warbler. The commoner, genetically dominant Brewster's Warbler is gray above and whitish (male) or yellow (female) below. It has a black eye stripe and two white wing bars.

The rarer recessive Lawrence's Warbler has a male plumage which is green and yellow above and yellow below, with white wing bars and the same face pattern as male Golden-winged. The female is gray above and whitish below with two yellow wing bars and the same face pattern as female Golden-winged.



                                     




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