- 4.3 in
- 7.9 in
- 0.3–0.4 oz
- Paruline azurée (French)
- Pijirita azulosa, Verdín azulada, Gorjeador ceruleo, Chipe ceruléo, Reinita cerúlea (Spanish)
- On the wintering grounds in South America the Cerulean Warbler usually is found in mixed-species foraging flocks, associating with tropical tanagers and other resident species.
- When renesting after a failed first nest, the female often uses spider web from the old nest to start construction on the new nest. Fresh lining is gathered for the new nest, but spider web may be too valuable and time-consuming to waste.
- The female Cerulean Warbler has an unusual way of leaving a nest after sitting on it a while. Some people call it "bungee-jumping." She drops from the side of the nest, keeping her wings folded to her sides, and opens her wings to fly only when she is well below the nest.
- Breeds in forests with tall deciduous trees and open understory, such as wet bottomlands and dry slopes.
- Winters in broad-leaved, evergreen forests.
For detailed atlasing effort, go to Cerulean Warbler Atlas Project
Primarily insects, with some plant material taken in winter.
- Clutch Size
- 1–5 eggs
- Egg Description
- Grayish to greenish white, speckled with brown.
- Condition at Hatching
Nest an open cup of bark fibers, grass stems, and hair bound together with spider web, placed on a lateral limb of a deciduous tree in mid- to upper-canopy. Usually concealed from above by leaves or twigs on the nest branch.
Gleans insects from leaves.
Cerulean Warbler is one of the species of highest concern in the eastern United States because of a small total population size and significant declines throughout its range. Under consideration for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Listed on the Audubon Watchlist
- Hamel, P. B. 2000. Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea). In The Birds of North America, No. 557 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.