Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)
The Hooded Warbler is a small songbird that weighs approximately 11 grams. This warbler has a striking plumage and a distinctive vocal repertoire. Both sexes have olive-green upperparts, a bright yellow underside, and characteristic white tailspots that are visible when the tail is fanned out.
Canadian Population: 1,000-2,000
Threats to this Species:
Fun Fact: The white spots on a Hooded Warbler's tail help them capture more insects, possibly by startling the insects into taking flight. An experimental study conducted in Pennsylvania found that birds with temporarily darkened tail feathers were less successful at capturing insects than those with white spots on their tails.
Want to learn more about local bird species? Visit Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory's website for more info!
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Species descriptions are from the Species at Risk in Ontario website.
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