Friday, May 3, 2013

Orange-crowned Warbler

In my post of 4 October 2010, I related my instructing students that Orange-crowned Warblers are best identified by their lack of field marks. Faint breast streaking is the salient key to identification. Who has ever seen an Orange-crowned’s crown? Check it out on this bird banded on 30 April 2013.

Orange-crowned Warblers used to be classified in the genus Vermivora. DNA studies conclude that Blue-winged and Golden-winged warblers fall into this genus. Others thought to be Vermivora are only distantly related, and are now placed in the genus Oreothypis. Oreothlypis celata is now the scientific name for Orange-crowned Warblers.  Oreothlypis means “mountain bird”—somewhat misleading since, although found south through the North American Rocky Mountains, this species is also breeds from Alaska to Nova Scotia. Celata means “hidden”—a reference to the hidden crown patch.

1 comment:

  1. Neat photo, Dan! I just looked at one here at the Center and its orange crown is visible, too. Must be the year for orange-crowneds to be orange!