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Prairie Warbler

Setophaga discolor 
Warbler family (Parulidae)

A small warbler. Yellow face with black eye line, yellow patch below eye, yellow underparts, black streaks on sides, olive green back with chestnut streaks, two white or yellowish wing bars.

Not found in prairies but in open shrubby areas.

Nest is a well-concealed cup in a tree or shrub, usually 2 to 3 feet above the ground. Eggs are whitish with brown marks. Clutch size – 3 to 5 eggs.


Song is a series of buzzy notes that continually rise.  Not as rapid as Northern Parula’s song.

Name Origin:

The genus name Setophaga is from the Greek for "moth eater."  The species name discolor is from the Latin for "of different colors."

In the Nature Park:
Neotropical migrant, arrives in late April or early May.