OC Warbler races

Mike Patterson celata at pacifier.com
Sun Nov 10 18:17:53 PST 2002

Keeping in mind that these are spring warblers and are in
fairly fresh plumage, here are all three subspecies of 
Orange-crowned Warbler:

Notice that the _celata_ type has a very white looking
split eye-ring and a longish, thin bill.  The _orestera_
has a yellowish split eye-ring, a thickish looking bill 
and lots of duskiness in the breast and belly.  _lutescens_ 
have a green back, very little gray and a generally bright 
yellow breast.

SGMlod at aol.com wrote:
> Greetings
> In regards to Dennis Rockwell's OC Warblers. The first two (the
> brighter greeny ones) sound like typical lutescens, which breed in w
> WA and along the Cascades. The third bird sounds like orestera, which
> breeds in ne Washington and the Blues. These birds, esp some fall
> individuals, look to have a gray hood and are sometimes mistaken for
> oporornis warblers. The third choice, celata, are typically very dull.
> Indeed, when I birded in Chicago (where celata only occurs), I used to
> think that Drab Warbler would have been a far better name than
> Orange-crowned.
> Anyway, the status of celata in Washington is far from clear, but it
> appears to be only a vagrant and typically doesn't have the hooded
> effect. Bear (bare?) in mind that all of this is somewhat a
> simplification, as intermediate appearing birds are not unusual.
> Cheers
> SteveMlodinow

Mike Patterson               
Astoria, OR                    
celata at pacifier.com  

A child who becomes acquainted with the birds about him
hears every sound and puzzles out its meaning with a cleverness 
that amazes those with ears who hear not.

                                               -Neltje Blanchan        

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