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Prothonotary Warbler

Protonotaria citrea
Warbler Profile
The prothonotary warbler is a cavity nesting bird that lives and breeds in the bottomland hardwood forests and swamps of the Southeastern United States. A nesting box is maintained by the Friends of Dahomey, Inc. at the end of PawPaw Trail. These bright yellow birds feed on a variety of insects including butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, and spiders, occasionally supplementing their diet with seeds, fruit, or nectar. Prothonotary warblers are common at Dahomey NWR during the summer breeding season. Once fall arrives, this species will migrate to Central and South America for the winter.

Prothonotary warblers are easy to identify, with a solid yellow body and solid gray wings. Other identifying features include a white belly and undertail, and white spots on the tail.
 

Facts About Prothonotary Warbler

Diet
Omnivore (Mostly insects, seeds, and fruits)
Average Lifespan
2.44 years
Size
.56 oz, 5.5" in length, with wing span of 8.75"
Page Photo Credits — Two prothonotary warblers by L. Pace
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2014
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