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Yellow-rumped 'Myrtle' warbler        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Yellow-rumped warblers occur in two races that formerly were considered separate species:   the eastern and northern 'Myrtle warbler' (shown here) and the more western 'Audubon's warbler' (shown on another page).  'Myrtle' warblers breed in northern conifer forests especially spruce woods.   The birds with bright coloration (yellow on the sides, a black mask, and a clear white throat) are adult males.   Females and wintering males are less contrastingly colored, and fledglings (bottom of the page) are a streaky brownish.   These photos were taken near Anchorage and Willow, Alaska and in southern California (winter birds, some of which are eating poison oak berries!).

  • Canon 1D4 or 7D2; 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2011, 2014, 2015, 2016)