Cerulean Warbler

Cerulean Warbler Photo Credit: Parks Canada

Dendroica cerulea

Status:

  • COSEWIC – Endangered.
  • COSSARO – Threatened.

Description:

  • A small warbler, the males have a cerulean blue back and cheeks, white chest and belly with a dark ring across the chest.  The streaks on the side are the same colour as back.
  • Females are more blue-grey and the chest and belly are slightly yellowish.
  • Both sexes have two broad white wing bars.

Habits and Reproduction:

  • Since they nest and feed high in the tree canopy it is easier to learn their distinctive call and identify this bird by ear rather than sight.
  • Lay a clutch of 3-4 eggs in a nest made from bark fibres, grass and spider webs.
  • Overwinters in central and northern South America.

Food:

  • Feeds on insects.

Habitat:

  • Prefer large areas of relatively undisturbed deciduous forests.

Threats:

  • Brown-headed Cowbirds lay their eggs in the warbler’s nest and the young cowbirds out compete the young warblers (brood parasitism).
  • Loss and degradation of habitat in both the breeding and over wintering habitat.

Conservation Actions:

  • If you’re a coffee drinker, try to buy shade grown, preferably organic coffee. You’ll help protect over wintering habitat for many of our song birds.
  • Choose wood products that are harvested from certified FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) forests. Local suppliers are listed on the web site http://www.westwindforest.ca/fsc.html
  • Purchase paper products that are 100 percent post consumer recycled content

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