Bird of the Week, May 14, 2013,
Kentucky Warbler


Kentucky Warbler by Greg Lavaty


A rich, rolling "churee churee churee" rings out from the lush understory of the woods, then the songster itself flits up to a low branch and sounds out again. This golden and olive warbler with the black mustache spends much of its time on the ground in deep woods, where it nests, but the patient birder can often catch a glimpse of one, especially as males stake out their territories each spring.


The Kentucky Warbler’s characteristic loud song is heard less frequently today, and continued losses of bottomland hardwood forests across the southeastern United States may be the reason why. However, destruction of habitat on its wintering grounds through clearing for agriculture and pasture may pose an even greater threat.


ABC is partnering with the Yucatán Peninsula Avian Alliance (AAPY) in Mexico to protect the Yucatán Peninsula - a major migratory pathway for the Kentucky Warbler and many other neotropical migrants. Over 1,600 acres of migratory bird habitat have been purchased within the Yum Balam-Sian Ka’an Biological Corridor so far, with more land acquisitions planned. 



Photo by Greg Lavaty; Range Map, NatureServe