When You Think of a Yellow Bird, What Comes to Mind?

by Larry Jordan on September 18, 2012

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) photos by Larry Jordan

For many people living in North America, my guess would be the Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia). This wood warbler, previously known as Dendroica petechia, possesses the most striking amount of yellow of any wood warbler in North America. I mean this bird is yellow.

Even its feet are yellow (click on photos for full sized images).

The Yellow Warbler is abundant and widespread having the broadest distribution of any Dendroica warbler in North America1.

This bird found in my yard for a few days during migration is most likely a female (you can see an excellent photo of the male showing the chestnut streaking on his underparts on my friend Ken’s Flickr page).

Note the yellow edges on the wings and lack of white wing bars.

The Yellow Warbler also has distinctive yellow edges on its tail feathers.

Yellow Warbler

Obviously, if you like yellow, you’ll love this bird! To see more great bird photos, check out The Bird D’pot and Wild Bird Wednesday!

References: 1Birds of North America Online

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Gail September 18, 2012 at 6:57 am

Beautiful shots of this pretty bird. Looks like we’re on the migration route for this beauty. Hope I see one!


TexWisGirl September 18, 2012 at 7:55 am

beautiful little guys!


Eileen September 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

They are pretty yellow warblers. Larry, great shots and post!


Findlay Wilde September 18, 2012 at 10:45 am

The big black eyes look really nice next to the yellow. From Findlay


Boom & Gary September 18, 2012 at 10:48 am

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.


Anni September 18, 2012 at 11:37 am

Beautiful, beautiful and MORE beautiful!!!! What a grand treasure trove of yellow.


HansHB September 18, 2012 at 11:39 am

Great serie of photos of this nice bird!


Adam Jones September 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm

What a fantastic little bird. Lovely colour and great shots.


Mick September 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Beautiful bird and I love its yellow color! Great photos.


EG CameraGirl , Canada September 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Wonderful shots of this sweet bird!


Carletta September 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Glad you pointed out that their feet were yellow. I’ve not seen one in my yard. My yellow are the finches.
Sweet little bird shots Larry!


Stewart M September 19, 2012 at 1:55 am

There’s no escaping the yellow there! Splendid bird!

Thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M – Australia


Pat September 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Such a pretty little bird!


martha z September 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

You do get an amazing variety in your yard, Larry. This one is lovely, wish it would come by here.


Hilke Breder September 20, 2012 at 7:01 am

Lovely images of one of my favorite warblers, Larry!


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