The magnolia warbler is a colorful wood warbler that is found in eastern North America. They were named in 1810 by ornithologist Alexander Wilson. He gave them the scientific name Setophaga magnolia because he collected his first specimen from a magnolia tree.
The magnolia warbler breeds primarily in mixed coniferous stands in Canada. The breeding range extends from the east coast though most of Canada and parts of the northern US, including north Minnesota. While breeding the warblers feed mostly on insects which they glean from the trees. During the winter they migrate south to Mexico and Central America. On their wintering territory their diet contains more fruit and nectar then it does during breeding. The first pic is a male that I photographed during migration.in the Twin Cities. The second pic is an immature bird that I photographed up in northern Minnesota.
the mature bird is particularly lovely.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team
Awesome shots, perfect as usual!
Beautiful warbler...one season we saw a couple of them in Texas during migration time...Port Aransas on the gulf was on two different migration paths; it was a wonderful birding spot.
Pretty bird with a beautiful name.
Joy - ABC Team
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