Swainson's Warbler (Limnothlypis swainsonii) - HBW 15, p. 765
French: Paruline de Swainson
Spanish: Reinita de Swainson
Taxonomy: Sylvia Swainsonii Audubon, 1834, no locality = Edisto River, near Charleston, South Carolina, USA.
Affinities not known. Genus has been merged with Helmitheros but, despite superficial similarities, the two are apparently not closely related; recent studies indicate that it is genetically close to Vermivora cyanoptera and V. chrysoptera and to Protonotaria citrea. Birds breeding in Appalachians described as a geographical race, alta, supposedly whiter below and browner (less olive) above in worn spring plumage; in fresh autumn plumage, however, more or less inseparable from lowland birds. Treated as monotypic.
Distribution: Breeds in SE USA S from S Missouri, SC Appalachians (West Virginia) and Virginia, and E from E Texas and SE Oklahoma, but excluding Florida Peninsula. Migrates to W Caribbean (Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Swan Is and Cayman Is) and NE Central America (mainly Yucatán Peninsula and Belize).
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Bird perched briefly in a mangrove tree branch
Locality Cayo Coco, Ciego de Avila Province, Cuba
Rafael Merchante 7 January 2009 1 week ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4
A singing male perched low in a tree.
Locality North Carolina, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
David Beadle 28 May 2010 18 weeks ago 3.6
A bird hiding in the brush
Locality Sabine Woods, Jefferson County, Texas, USA (United States)
steve dillinger 15 April 2004 3 years ago 3
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