The Kirtland’s Warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii) is a federally endangered migratory songbird that nests exclusively in young jack pine forests in northern Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ontario, winters in dense scrub in the Bahamas archipelago, and favors scrubby habitat during migration. It is a relatively large, long-tailed, and heavy-billed wood warbler (family Parulidae). The plumage is generally bluish-gray on the upperparts and lemon yellow on the underparts, and it boasts a broken white eye-ring.
The Kirtland's Warbler has been dubbed a conservation-reliant species, as it depends upon people to continually renew young jack pine and Bahamian scrub habitats and alleviate other threats, including nest parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds. To learn more about Kirtland's Warblers, visit these websites: All About Birds and Birds of North America. (Image courtesy of the Birds of North America)
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