Help power unparalleled conservation work for birds across the Americas, Stay informed on important news about birds and their habitats, Receive reduced or free admission across our network of centers and sanctuaries, Access a free guide of more than 800 species of North American birds, Discover the impacts of climate change on birds and their habitats, Learn more about the birds you love through audio clips, stunning photography, and in-depth text. Incubation is done by the female only, and lasts for about 12 days. Woodland undergrowth. As many as a billion birds die each year in window strikes; federal government can lead in cost-neutral, bird-friendly planning. Listen below and see if you can hear the difference: (Audio of Kentucky Warbler by Mike Nelson, XC135622. Kentucky Warblers often follow swarms of army ants while on their wintering grounds, snapping up invertebrates fleeing the swarm. It probes forest litter in the manner of a Spotted Towhee, tossing leaves aside with its bill and scratching with its feet. This species is relatively less common as a vagrant in the West than most other “eastern” warblers. Forages mainly by walking on ground, seeking insects among the leaf litter, flipping over dead leaves, sometimes leaping up in the air to take insects from the underside of foliage. 1969 THE KENTUCKY WARBLER 27 THE DIET OF THE STARLING Herbert E. Shadowen During 1967 and 1968 a study was made in an effort to learn more about insects and the diet of the Starling (Stumus vulgarns) in the War ren County area of Kentucky. They have a small tinge of black on their … Choose a temperature scenario below to see which threats will affect this species as warming increases. Other ABC initiatives tackle threats affecting all birds, including our Cats Indoors program, which encourages pet owners to keep cats and birds safe, and our Glass Collisions program, which offers solutions to keep migrating birds from hitting windows. Let us send you the latest in bird and conservation news. The Kentucky Warbler was first seen by the Scots-American naturalist and ornithologist Alexander Wilson in 1810. The young Kentucky warblers usually leave the nest about 10 days after hatching. The Kentucky warbler (Geothlypis formosa) is a small species of New World warbler. It is a sluggish and heavy warbler with a short tail, preferring to spend most of its time on or near the ground, except when singing. Feeds on various insects including moths, bugs, ants, grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, aphids, grubs; also spiders, plus a few berries. Photo: Andrew Weitzel/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0). Our email newsletter shares the latest programs and initiatives. The Kentucky Warbler forages on the ground on long, pink legs, searching for grubs, spiders, caterpillars, and other invertebrates. Spread the word. The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Adult Kentucky warblers are mostly an olive-green in color on their back and nape, and a brilliant yellow below from their throat to their belly. Our site uses cookies to collect anonymous information about your use of our website. Female Kentucky warblers have slightly less black on the sides of their head, and immature birds may have almost no black at all. It is a sluggish and heavy warbler with a short tail, preferring to spend most of its time on or near the ground, except when singing. Lives of North American Birds. Donate to support ABC's conservation mission! Feeds on various insects including moths, bugs, ants, grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, aphids, grubs; also spiders, plus a few berries. Audubon’s scientists have used 140 million bird observations and sophisticated climate models to project how climate change will affect this bird’s range in the future. Wilson named this bird for the mostly forested state where he found it. The Kentucky warbler is a scarce bird with a large range, frequenting moist deciduous forests. You don't have to visit Yosemite to see a lot of species. During defense of breeding territories, males are persistent singers, singing as often as every 12 seconds. Migrates mostly at night. Often departs from breeding grounds during August. Most winter from southern Mexico to Panama, taking a trans-Gulf migration route. During spring and summer, the fast, rolling song of the Kentucky Warbler comes from the undergrowth of eastern forests. Type in your search and hit Enter on desktop or hit Go on mobile device. Photo: Dick Dickinson/Audubon Photography Awards, Adult male. Check out Kentucky for mountains rich with warblers and lakes with waterfowl galore—and the long-time home of John James Audubon. The Kentucky Warbler nests east of the Great Plains throughout much of the lower Midwest, the Middle Atlantic states, and the Southeast. One of the biggest threats to the Kentucky Warbler is habitat loss and degradation, particularly the disappearance of forest understory caused by over-abundant White-tailed Deer. 4-5, sometimes 3-6. Young leave the nest 8-10 days after hatching. It was one of dozens of species he introduced to the world, through words and illustration, in the first thorough treatise on U.S. birds, entitled American Ornithology. Photo: Howard Arndt/Audubon Photography Awards, Great Egret. Learn more about these drawings. Nest: Placed on ground or within a few inches of it; at foot of shrub, in grass tussocks, bedstraw, or goldenrod, or sometimes in the lowest fork of small trees. This foraging tactic is commonly used by many resident species of humid tropical forests, such as antbirds and the Fan-tailed Warbler, among others. It is migratory, spending summer in the central and eastern United States, often ranging as far north as Wisconsin to Pennsylvania. In a one-two punch, the species also has to contend with habitat loss on its wintering grounds.