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Tropical Parula

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Tropical ParulaSetophaga pitiayumi
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Parulidae

Basic Description

The Tropical Parula is a blur of color and energy as it darts in and out of view in lush canopy foliage. This small warbler, found from South Texas to northern Argentina, is steely blue-gray above and intense yellow-orange below, with one or two white wingbars (some plumage details vary across its range). Males sport a black mask and sing a fast trilled or buzzy song as they move about. Tropical Parulas feed mainly on insects and nest in moss balls and other epiphytes.

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Other Names

  • Parula Pitiayumí (Spanish)
  • Paruline à joues noires (French)
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