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Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Photographed in Mead Garden, Winter Park, Florida on August 14, 2009.

Whatbird: Small, compact warbler with blue-gray upperparts and bronze-green back patch. Throat and breast are yellow, breast band is chestnut-brown and black, and belly is white. White eye-ring is broken. Wings are blue-gray with two white bars. Tail is noticeably short. Female lacks breast band. Juvenile resembles female but has olive-green upperparts. The Northern Parula is one of only a few birds that nests in Spanish moss. Males have a dark bar across their yellow chest. No other warbler has any such marking. One of the smallest warblers, it was originally named the Blue Yellow-backed Warbler.

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