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Olive warbler        Images © Mark A. Chappell

In the US, olive warblers are found only in mountain forests in southeastern Arizona and adjacent New Mexico.   Recent DNA studies indicate they are not wood-warblers (as long assumed) and instead are a separate family.   These birds were in Madera Canyon in Arizona. The breeding male above was photographed in spring at about 2000 m elevation in pine forest; the images of immatures and females below were made in winter, when they had descended into riparian habitat.  They did not come close and these images are strongly cropped.

  • Canon 7D2 or R5; 800 mm IS lens with 1.4X or 2X onverter, fill-in flash (2020, 2022)