Warbler ID Tips
Warbler ID Tips - Magnolia vs Yellow-Rumped
It's spring migration! As warblers are passing through where you are, or the overwintering species are now in their
MARKINGS: Both birds have a yellow rumps, black mask and grey head and back. But Magnolia Warblers have a fully yellow breast and throat
SIZE: Yellow-rumped Warblers are fairly large and sturdy for warblers, while Magnolia Warblers are smaller.
LOCATION: If you are in the western part of the US, and see one of these birds, it is most certainly a Yellow-rumped Warbler as Magnolia Warblers are not typically seen in the far west. In the east, you may have been seeing Yellow-rumped Warblers throughout the winter as they overwinter in some parts of the US. But this breeding plumage for the male is a spring change to a stunning look. Yellow-rumps can be found in large numbers as well and will migrate in nice sized flocks.
HABITAT: Yellow-rumped Warblers are found during migration feeding madly in trees and shrubs of open forests. Magnolias on migration may be in the same locations, but their preference in summer is northern forests.