Fun Blackburnian Warbler Facts For Kids

Divya Raghav
Jan 09, 2023 By Divya Raghav
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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One of the best Blackburnian Warbler facts is that they were named after Anna Blackburne, a famous botanist.

The Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) is a North American-based bird species found in various countries across North America and South America.

These birds are generally found in coniferous and mixed forests, plus deciduous forests in the temperate and tropical regions which function as their habitat. The Blackburnian Warbler has an orange or yellow throat with black and white wings and a black beak.

They resemble Wood-Warblers in appearance. This animal is diurnal and omnivore as it eats both insects as well as fruits.

Flies, aphids, beetles are some of its common food. This bird is very small in size and can live for three to six years in the wild.

The current population of this species is 14 million. The interesting fact about this animal is the way it communicates and sings.

Apart from natural and manmade reasons for losing habitat, the main threats to the Blackburnian Warbler are the Hawks and the American red squirrels. The female lays about three to five eggs once every year and this species of warblers attain sexual maturity at the age of one to two years.

If you liked reading about these facts, you can also check other facts on palm warbler and common nighthawk.

Blackburnian Warbler Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Blackburnian Warbler?

Blackburnian Warblers are bird species found in various countries of North America and South America.

What class of animal does a Blackburnian Warbler belong to?

Blackburnian Warblers belong to the class of Aves.

How many Blackburnian Warblers are there in the world?

There are about 14 million Blackburnian Warblers present in the world as of now.

Where does a Blackburnian Warbler live?

The Blackburnian Warbler lives from Panama, Columbia to the North-western corner of Brazil.

What is a Blackburnian Warbler's habitat?

The habitat of Blackburnian Warblers consists of temperate, tropical, and terrestrial regions. These Warbler species are generally found in mixed forests like the coniferous-deciduous forest, mature coniferous forest, and the pure deciduous forest.

This warbler species lives near water and feeds on various insects like flies, aphids, beetles, and fruits like berries so these are also found in marshes and swamps.

Who do Blackburnian Warblers live with?

Blackburnian Warblers generally live and migrate in groups or flocks. This bird species is a highly territorial animal and does not mix with other species, except during the migration period. During the migration period, this species is known to join other bird species like the kinglets and chickadees.

How long does a Blackburnian Warbler live?

These birds of North America live in mixed forests and are known to have a lifespan of about three to six years in the wild and some birds have even lived for about eight years too. If there are no disturbances to their habitat by natural or man-made reasons, they can live for five to seven years easily.

How do they reproduce?

This species of warblers attract mates by singing the Blackburnian Warbler song from treetops which helps them find potential mates. The breeding range is from Southern Canada to the Northern United States.

The males generally peck at the tree branch and flick their tails. The breeding male even fights with other males to protect his partner.

The male reaches the breeding ground in April. The breeding season stays from May to July and these bird species mate every year. The female Blackburnian Warbler lays about four to five white eggs with black spots in the nest.

The incubation period is for two weeks until the eggs hatch and it's around three weeks for the young North American birds to fly on their own. Blackburnian Warblers attain sexual maturity at the age of one to two years.

What is their conservation status?

The current conservation status of the Blackburnian Warblers is Least Concern as there are almost 14 million birds of this species present in the world. The population has not been decreasing over the years which makes this species of birds quite safe.

Blackburnian Warbler Fun Facts

Blackburnian Warblers are known to eat a lot of caterpillars like the spruce budworm during the season of breeding.

What do Blackburnian Warblers look like?

Blackburnian Warbler birds are quite colorful and small-sized birds. The North American birds are found in a combination of colors like white, black, yellow or orange, and grey.

These birds have yellow or orange throats, white body feathers with black patterns, with black and white wing and beaks. These birds are very attractive and have an interesting pattern around their eyes. These birds have very small and thin legs which help them to grab even thin branches.

How cute are they?

Blackburnian Warblers are very cute. They have attractive fur colors, a very small and thin beak, and tiny feet. These birds are small in size and are known to be very kind and mellow in nature which makes them very cute.

How do they communicate?

Communication by these birds can be visual, tactile, chemical, and acoustic. The birds of this species communicate with each other by making various types of high-pitched sounds.

The males sing during the breeding season on top of the trees in the forests in order to attract the female mating partner. The Blackburnian Warbler (female) rarely sings and is generally seen making sounds like chips or chirps.

How big is a Blackburnian Warbler?

Blackburnian Warblers body size is 11-12 cm (4.3-4.7 in) in length and wingspan. These species of warblers are small birds that are almost 15-20 times the size of one of its food, the Caterpillar.

How fast can a Blackburnian Warbler fly?

The bird of this species do not fly very fast and sometimes cover just a distance of 25 miles in a day depending on the destination. The speed of this bird is not known precisely.

How much does a Blackburnian Warbler weigh?

The weight of this species of warbler bird is very less and is somewhere between 8.9-12.6 g (0.3-0.4 oz).

What are their male and female names of the species?

There are no names specific to the male or female species of these birds.

What would you call a baby Blackburnian Warbler?

The young ones of these birds are generally called 'chicks'.

What do they eat?

North American bird generally eats small insects, flies, aphids, beetles and on occasion, is even seen eating berries.

They are hunted by Hawks, Blue Jays, and American red squirrels.

Are they dangerous?

No, warblers are not dangerous but can attack its predators in self-defense. Males are often found fighting for females during the breeding season. They get along quite well with others while migrating to their habitat.

Would they make a good pet?

Generally, these are not kept as pets because the food they eat is more easily available in their natural habitat in the wild, still, if someone wishes to keep a Blackburnian Warbler as a pet, they may go for it. These birds may not be the best pets but they are not the worst either.

Did you know...

The Wilson warblers chip sounds like a loud puckering kiss. Blackburnian Warblers (Dendroica fusca) migrate to South America during the winters across the Gulf of Mexico. This bird is closely related to Wood-Warblers in appearance, Wood-Warblers also have a yellow or orange throat.

Male Blackburnian Warblers reach the breeding grounds in the month of April.

The Blackburnian Warbler's call

The call from a Blackburnian Warbler(Dendroica fusca) is a high incisive 'tseet' and thinner and higher 'tsip' and they are heard during migration across the Gulf of Mexico. The male Blackburnian sings in order to attract females during their mating season. The calls are closely related to other species of warblers but are not the same.

Spotting Blackburnian Warblers

This bird, with its orange throat, can be spotted in tropical America, Northwestern South America, and on both the sides of Andes. These birds are quite common in these areas.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds including tawny eagle, or tawny owl.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Blackburnian Warbler coloring pages.

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Written by Divya Raghav

Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Accounting and Finance, Master of Business Administration

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With a diverse range of experience in finance, administration, and operations, Divya is a diligent worker known for her attention to detail. Born and raised in Bangalore, she completed her Bachelor's in Commerce from Christ University and is now pursuing an MBA at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore. Along with her professional pursuits, Divya has a passion for baking, dancing, and writing content. She is also an avid animal lover who dedicates her time to volunteering for animal welfare causes.

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