New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Cape May Warbler (Dendroica tigrina) - HBW 15, p. 747

French: Paruline tigrée German: Tigerwaldsänger Spanish: Reinita Atigrada

Taxonomy: Motacilla tigrina J. F. Gmelin, 1789, Canada.
May be most closely related to D. striata and D. castanea, but precise relationships unclear. Hybridization with D. coronata reported. Reported hybrid between D. striata and Seiurus noveboracensis now thought probably to have involved present species, rather than D. striata; bird described in early 19th century as Helinaia carbonata ("Carbonated Warbler") may have been a hybrid of this species with D. striata, but generally considered to be a first-summer male of present species. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds in Canada (from SW Northwest Territories and NE British Columbia E to S Newfoundland and Nova Scotia) and NE USA (E Minnesota and C Wisconsin E to N New England). Migrates primarily to Caribbean (mainly Greater Antilles), also Bermuda.