SCIENTIFIC NAME:Setophaga tigrina POPULATION: 8.1 million TREND: Decreasing HABITAT: Breeds in coniferous forests; winters in tropical forests, gardens, and shade coffee plantation.
Cape May Warbler is a fairly common migrant that passes through New Jersey en route to its breeding or wintering grounds. Its Latin name, tigrina, is a far more accurate way to describe it, especially the vividly tiger-striped male. (Females and juveniles are also striped, but in more subdued colors.)
Breeding males stake out their territories with thin, high-pitched songs that are a challenge for many people to hear.(Audio: Andrew Spencer,XC181946.)