BIRD OF THE WEEK — BLUE-WINGED WARBLER — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

BLUE-WINGED WARBLER

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Vermivora cyanoptera
POPULATION: 710,000
TREND: Declining
HABITAT: Breeds in open scrubland across eastern North America; winters in forests and scrub.

The eye-catching Blue-winged Warbler resembles the Prothonotary Warbler, but differs in habitat preference. Its genus name, Vermivora, means “worm-eating,” a somewhat inaccurate description of the bird’s insect-based diet. This genus also includes the closely-related Golden-winged Warbler.

The Blue-winged Warbler’s range in North America expanded with the arrival of European settlers, as land clearing and farming created more of the scrubby habitat this species prefers.

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