Warbler family (Parulidae)
Male has a “cerulean” blue back, white wing bars, white breast and belly, and bluish “necklace” across throat. Female has a greenish-blue back with a yellowish-white eyebrow, throat, and upper breast.
Nests in tall trees. Builds nest well away from the trunk on a horizontal branch. Eggs are green with variable brown marks. Clutch size – 3 to 5 eggs.
Song is a series of rapid buzzy notes on one pitch ending with a higher note, “zray zray zray zree.”
The genus name Setophaga is from the Greek for "moth eater." The species name cerulea is from the Latin for “sky blue.”
In the Nature Park:
Neotropical migrant, arrives in early May. Difficult to see because they usually stay high in the canopy.
The genus name was recently changed from Dendroica to Setophaga.