Living Bird Magazine
Tennessee WarblerOreothlypis peregrina
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Parulidae
A dainty warbler of the Canadian boreal forest, the Tennessee Warbler specializes in eating the spruce budworm. Consequently its population goes up and down with fluctuations in the populations of the budworm.More ID Info
- Reinita de Tennessee (Spanish)
- Paruline obscure (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Tennessee Warbler is a common nectar "thief" on its wintering grounds in tropical forests. Instead of probing a flower from the front to get the nectar, and spreading pollen on its face in the process, the warbler pierces the flower tube at its base and gets the reward without performing any pollination.
- The Tennessee Warbler breeds no closer to the state of Tennessee than northern Michigan, more than 600 miles away, and it winters some 1,400 miles away in southern Mexico and southward. It was given its name in 1811 by Alexander Wilson who first encountered the bird in Tennessee during its migration.
- The oldest recorded Tennessee Warbler was at least 4 years, 7 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in the West Indies. It had been banded in Pennsylvania.
- Males of most other warblers in the genus Oreothlypis have small, concealed patches of red or orange feathers on the tops of their heads. The Tennessee Warbler usually does not, but a very few males have a few reddish feathers there.