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Northern Parula


Setophaga americana 
Warbler family (Parulidae)

A small warbler. Blue-gray back, greenish-yellow patch on back, yellow throat and breast, two conspicuous white wing bars. Male has black and rufous bands across breast.

Habitat:
Riparian forest.

Nesting:
Nests near tip of tree limb, sometimes in a branch overhanging a river. Eggs are white with brown spots. Clutch size – 3 to 5 eggs.

Voice:

Song is a rapid buzzy trill that rises in pitch then drops suddenly with an explosive ending note, “zeeeeeeeeeee-yup.

Name Origin:

The genus name Setophaga is from the Greek for "moth eater."  The common name Parula is from the Latin for “little titmouse.”

In the Nature Park:
Neotropical migrant, arrives in late April or early May. Common in riparian forests along the Creekside Trail.

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