Olive Warbler

Photo by Kelvin Bodden

The Olive Warbler, Peucedramus taeniatus , is a small passerine bird, the only member of the family Peucedramidae.

This species breeds from southern Arizona and New Mexico, USA, south through Mexico to Nicaragua. It is the only bird family endemic to North America (including Central America). It was in the past classed with the Parulidae (New World warblers), but DNA studies suggest that it split early from the other related passerines, prior to the differentiation of the entire New World warbler/American sparrow/Icterid group. It is therefore now given a family of its own.

The Olive Warbler is a long-winged bird. It has a grey body with some olive-green on the wings and two white wing bars. The male’s head and breast are “tawny-orange”, and there is a black patch through the eye. In the female and juvenile, the orange is replaced by yellow, and the black mask is more diffuse. The song consists of clear whistles rendered as hirrJI hirrJI hirrJI, plida plida plida chir chir, etc.

It is a insectivorous species of coniferous forests. Though it is often said to be non-migratory, most New Mexican birds leave the state from November to late February. It lays 3–4 eggs in a tree nest.

I thought this one would be a life bird for me but Alas! I saw him on may 2008 jejeje. 🙂


~ por Luis Daniel en marzo 21, 2009.


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