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Yellow-rumped 'Audubon's' warbler        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Yellow-rumped warblers occur in two races that formerly were considered separate species: the western 'Audubon's warbler' (shown here) and the more eastern and northern 'Myrtle warbler' (shown on another page).   The 'Audubon' form breeds in mountain conifer forests, descending to lower elevations for the winter.   The bright-colored birds shown here are spring males; the individuals with subdued colors are females, juveniles, or winter-plumage males.   These yellow-rumps were photographed in a willow thicket in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California, in lodgepole pine forest at Rock Creek in the eastern Sierra Nevada, at Andrew Molera State Park near Big Sur, near Saddlebag Lake in the central Sierra Nevada, in the California desert, and in Florida and south Texas.

  • Canon 10D, 1D Mk. II, 1D3, 1D4, or 7D2; 500 mm IS lens plus 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2015)