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Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler
Photo Information
Copyright: Jean Yves Bissonnette (JYB) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 84] (916)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-26 21:55
Viewed: 3054
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Although many warblers are yellow, the Yellow Warbler is the most extensively yellow of any species. This widespread species of willows and mangroves is the only warbler with yellow tail spots.


Small songbird.
Thin pointed bill.
Yellow overall.
Chestnut streaks on chest of male.

Size: 12-13 cm (5-5 in)
Wingspan: 16-20 cm (6-8 in)
Weight: 9-11 g (0.32-0.39 ounces)
Sex Differences
Male bright yellow with reddish streaks on chest, female duller with red streaks absent or reduced.

Variable. Most common song is a rapid musical "sweet-sweet-sweet-I'm-so-sweet."

Widespread and abundant; no clear continentwide trend in populations. Vulnerable in western areas where riparian habitats are affected by intense grazing and development.

Other Names
Fauvette jaune, Paruline jaune (French)
Chipe amarillo, Verdín amarillo (Spanish)

Cool Facts

In addition to the migratory form of the Yellow Warbler that breeds in North America, several other resident forms can be found in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Males in these populations can have chestnut caps or even chestnut covering the entire head.

The nests of the Yellow Warbler are frequently parasitized by the Brown-headed Cowbird. The warbler often builds a new nest directly on top of the parasitized one, sometimes resulting in nests with up to six tiers.

Recent DNA-based studies indicate that the Chestnut-sided Warbler is the closest relative of the Yellow Warbler. Both sing similarly phrased songs, and Yellow Warblers regularly sing songs nearly identical to those of the Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Source : Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Hi Jean
Good picture with detail and lighting for this small bird. Very good shot. TFS.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-05-27 14:57]

Bonjour Jean-Yves,
J'ai couru la semaine dernière après cet oiseau mais sans succès, merci de partager ce petit pit. Excellente netteté et belles couleurs, magnifique composition.

Hello Jean Ives,
Beautiful shot of this adorable little yellow
warbler, fantastic sharpness and depth of field, lovely
vivid colors, great pose and nice catchlight, superb
details in the plummage, good lighting, excellent
composition and very good low point
of view.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-28 0:31]

Hi Jean, what an uplifting yellow hereon the most elaborately yellow coloured warbler. This is so cute...the catchlight works wonder and the scene looks absolutley natural with the couple of spider web threads seen here and there between the branches. I should hear that song which sounds interesting ....
A very welll composed shot.
TFS & Cheers

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