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AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY

PROTHONOTARY WARBLER

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Protonotaria citrea
POPULATION: 1.8 million
TREND: Stable
HABITAT: Breeds in bottomland swamps and flooded woodlands; winters in coastal mangroves and lowland forests along streams

This warbler looks like a bit of spring sunlight with its golden-yellow head and breast set off by blue-gray wings. “Prothonotary” refers to clerks in the Roman Catholic Church, whose robes were bright yellow.

Habitat loss and competition for nest holes are a problem for this species, which is one of only two cavity-nesting North American warblers. (The other is Lucy’s Warbler.)

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