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Yellow-rumped Warbler
Dendroica coronata

Warblers and Tanagers
Wood-Warbler Family (Parulidae)

Size: Length: 12.5-15 cm Wingspan: 22-23 cm

Description: The most common wood warbler in Canada, the yellow-rumped warbler was formerly two species--the myrtle warbler and Audubon's warbler--which have now been combined into one. They do have slightly different appearances, and both forms may be found within the Canadian Rockies. The male of the more common myrtle form has a dark head with a yellow cap, white eye-ring and eye streak. The throat is white. The back, wings and tail are principally dark blue-gray streaked with black. The wings have a yellow patch visible at the shoulder, and two white bands. The rump is yellow and the tail also shows white on the outer feathers. The breast is black, becoming spotted on the belly, fading to white towards the abdomen. Females are duller, more brown than gray, and have more subtle black streaking on the body.

Audubon's warbler is in many ways similar. Males resemble myrtle warblers except that their cheeks are a little lighter in tone, their neck is bright yellow, and the white on the wing and tail is also more pronounced. Females have a duller yellow tone to the neck, and are more brown overall.

These warblers like open woodlands, either mixed or coniferous. They feed on insects picked off of vegetation, and may eat some berries. Their nests are usually in conifers, but they will occasionally use a deciduous tree. Their call is a series of similar, trilling notes: "tyew-tyew-tyew-tyew".

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