Sunday, May 25, 2014

Magnolia Warbler

As I have previously written, the Magnolia Warbler owes its name to Alexander Wilson’s collecting the first specimen from a Mississippi magnolia tree. Considering the species’ northern breeding habitat, better names might have been Spruce Warbler or Hemlock Warbler. Magnolia is actually the bird’s scientific name and Wilson’s English name was Black-and-yellow Warbler (Dunn and Hall 2010). By any name, Magnolias are among our more strikingly beautiful warblers.

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