Living Bird Magazine
Northern ParulaSetophaga americana
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Parulidae
A small warbler of the upper canopy, the Northern Parula can be found in two rather distinct populations. The southern population nests primarily in hanging Spanish moss, while the northern population uses the similar-looking old man's beard lichen.More ID Info
- Chipe Pecho Manchado (Spanish)
- Paruline à collier (French)
- Cool Facts
- The distribution of the Northern Parula has an unusual break north to south. It may formerly have nested in that zone, and was eradicated. Explanations for the disappearance may be changes in habitat or increasing air pollution, which limited the growth of epiphytes on trees that the warbler depended on for nesting.
- Since the 1950s, Northern Parula has nested several times along the coastal region of northern California, far from its normal range.
- The oldest recorded Northern Parula was a female, and at least 5 years, 11 months old, when she was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Maryland.