h2: Basic Description
The Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) is a small, brightly colored songbird that is remarkable for its brilliant yellow plumage. It measures about 5 inches in length and has a wingspan of around 8 inches. This bird’s head, back, and tail are blue-gray in color while its belly is bright yellow. The male has a striking orange-yellow head while the female’s head is duller.
h2: Where to Find this Bird
Prothonotary Warblers can be found breeding in the eastern United States including areas such as the Gulf Coast and the Great Lakes region. They migrate south during winter months to Central America, northern South America, and parts of Mexico.
These birds prefer wetlands such as swamps, marshes or flooded forests where they build their nests in tree cavities or nest boxes above water bodies like rivers or ponds.
The Prothonotary Warbler feeds on insects like caterpillars, beetles and spiders which they obtain mostly by gleaning from twigs and leaves or by hovering over water surfaces hunting for prey.
h2: Cool Facts
– Their name derives from the bright yellow color of papal robes worn by clerks of English courts known as “protonotaries.”
– They are sometimes referred to as “swamp canaries” due to their loud singing voice.
– Their populations have declined over recent years because of habitat loss caused by land development activities.
– Some researchers believe that these birds possess an internal compass mechanism which helps them navigate back home following migration patterns.
The Prothonotary Warbler may be small but it sure does stand out with its brilliant yellow feathers! Keep an eye out for these beautiful birds if you find yourself near wetland habitats during breeding season – you just might be lucky enough to spot one!