Sunday Inspiration – New World Warblers II

Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia) ©USFWS

Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia) ©USFWS

“But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10 NKJV)

Now for the last half of the New World Warbler Family. See the first half at Sunday Inspiration – New World Warblers I. The Parulidae family has 119 members presently. The Setophage genus is numerous with 37 species which are seen by many of here in the United States. Many of these had their genus changed from Dendroica to Setophage and some may still refer to them with the older genus name. Sibleyguides has a nice chart showing how they rearranged the taxonomy.

Flavescent Warbler (Myiothlypis flaveolus) by Dario Sanches

Flavescent Warbler (Myiothlypis flaveolus) by Dario Sanches

The next genus is the Myiothlopis group. The 14 here are best represented in Central and South America. This is one of only two warbler genera that are well represented in the latter continent. All of these species were formerly placed in the genus Basileuterus.

Collared Whitestart (Myioborus torquatus) by Reinier Munguia

Collared Whitestart (Myioborus torquatus) by Reinier Munguia

The Basileuterus genus still has nine species. Again, they are mainly in the Central and South America areas. These are mainly robust warblers with a stout bill. The majority of species have olive or grey upperparts and yellow underparts. The head is often strikingly marked with a long broad supercilium, a coloured crown or crown stripes, and often other striking head markings.

Many species are not well-studied, but those for which the breeding habits are known all build a domed nest on a bank or on the ground, so this is presumably typical of the genus as a whole.

Golden-crowned Warbler (Basileuterus culicivorus) ©WikiC

Golden-crowned Warbler (Basileuterus culicivorus) ©WikiC

The Cardellina and the Myioborus (Whitestarts) round out the rest of the family. They have 5 and 12 species respectively. The 12 whitestarts are New World warblers in the genus Myioborus. The English name refers to the white outer tail feathers which are a prominent feature of the members of this genus (“start” is an archaic word for “tail”). They are from mainly northern South America and are spreading north to Central America and the USA. The five Cardellina are from South America. (Info from Wikipedia)

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Sunday Inspiration

Sunday Inspiration – New World Warblers I

Parulidae – New World Warblers

New World Warbler – Wikipedia

New World (Wood) Warblers – Ian’s Birdway

New World Warblers (Parulidae) – IBC

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