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BIRD OF THE WEEK
Cape May Warbler
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Setophaga tigrina
POPULATION: 8.1 million
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.)