Sunday Inspiration – New World Warblers I

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) ©WikiC

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) ©WikiC

Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation. Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations. For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods. (1 Chronicles 16:23-25 KJV)

This week we will start checking out the New World Warbler family, the Parulidae. At present there are 119 species listed and we will divide them up into two weeks.

The New World warblers or wood-warblers are a group of small, often colorful, passerine birds which make up the family Parulidae and are restricted to the New World. They are closely related to neither the Old World warblers nor the Australian warblers. Most are arboreal, but some, like the Ovenbird and the two waterthrushes, are more terrestrial. Most members of this family are insectivores.

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) by Raymond Barlow

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) by Raymond Barlow

All the warblers are fairly small. The smallest species is the Lucy’s Warbler (Oreothlypis luciae), at about 6.5 grams and 10.6 cm (4.2 in). The largest species depends upon the true taxonomy of the family. Traditionally, it was listed as Yellow-breasted Chat, at 18.2 cm (7.2 in). Since this may not be parulid, the Parkesia waterthrushes, the Ovenbird, the Russet-crowned Warbler and Semper’s Warbler, all of which can exceed 15 cm (6 in) and 21 grams, could be considered the largest.

We will view the Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) down through the Setophaga genus. That is about 60 species and then cover the last of the family next week.

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Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. (1 Chronicles 16:9 KJV)

“How Can I Keep From Singing?” ~ Pastor Jerry Smith, Reagan, Caleb and Jessie

(I know this song has been used before, but these birds are so beautiful and love to sing, and it makes my heart want to sing with Praise to Our Creator Savior)


Sunday Inspiration

Parulidae – New World Warblers

New World Warbler – Wikipedia

New World (Wood) Warblers – Ian’s Birdway

New World Warblers (Parulidae) – IBC

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