Great New Tips for Identifying Warblers—From the Authors of The Warbler Guide

March 31, 2014
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In 2013, the publication of The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle took a comprehensive and innovative look at warblers. In this archived Monday Night Seminar, the authors relate some of their best tips for learning to recognize warblers by both sight and sound. They describe important but often overlooked ID clues, including overall contrast, subtle facial features, color impressions, feather edging, rump contrast, and views from below, as well as foraging style, location, and behavior. Learn how even partial views can be used to identify warbler species.

This talk took place on March 17, 2014, as part of the Cornell Lab’s long-running Monday Night Seminar series, a long-standing tradition established decades ago by Lab founder Dr. Arthur Allen. If you enjoyed this seminar, check this list for our list of future speakers—we’ll note which upcoming talks will be livestreamed—or come visit us in person! If you missed any talks, please see our index of archived livestreamed seminars.

Looking for more tools to help with warbler identification?

  • In our review of The Warbler Guide, we highly recommended the book as an innovative and comprehensive resource on this spectacular bird family.
  • Download these free Quick Finder guides excerpted from The Warbler Guide. You can print these out or put the images on your smartphone for easy access in the field.
  • An essential part of finding and identifying warblers is learning their songs. Our review of birdsong-learning apps can help you find one that works for you.



  • Marilyn

    I have my Mac on maximum volume and cannot hear your speaker very well. Very disappointing.

  • Hugh

    Hi Marilyn – sorry for the low volume in this video. Several other viewers found it much easier to hear if they used headphones rather than their computer’s speakers. I hope this helps – Hugh

  • Volume is soft, but the content is compensates for that.

  • Monica

    I bought The Warbler Guide as soon as the seminar ended. I have not been disappointed! The guide is absolutely jam packed with everything you could ever possibly want to know about these beautiful birds. I consider myself a beginner birder, but this book has upped my “game” more than I could have ever imagined! Thank you, CLO, for this great seminar and thank you to the authors for an incredible resource!

  • Dee

    With the volume up a little, and the bass down, the treble up, i could hear well enough. What you had to teach was very helpful, thanks for letting us in on your lecture.