Sunday, July 7, 2019

Common Yellowthroat

This image of a female Common Yellowthroat skulking among my blog queue since Erika and I founnd this bird on 23 May 2019 at the Nisqually National Wilflife Refuge. This bird is common across much of North America. This species is one of the first American birds described by European ornithologists. Yellowthroats are found in a variety of habitats, especially tangles in wetlands, from which they sing their song, sounding like “witchity, witchhity, witchity.”

With such a wide range, it is not surprising that many local races are described. These subspecies differ slightly in male color and pattern. Unexpected is the finding that. although the mitochondrial DNA of Eastern birds is similar, Western birds carry quite different sequences than Eastern ones. Erika and I notice that the calls of Washington yellowthroats are much slower than the calls we are used to when we were in Minnesota.

1 comment:

  1. Just found your very nice blog, Dan.

    The Common Yellowthroat is one of my favorites. The bright male is usually photographed but the more subtly plumaged female is often overlooked. Thank you for sharing her!