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About the Cerulean Warbler

The Cerulean Warbler is a small songbird. Adult males have pale cerulean-blue upperparts and white underparts with a black necklace across the breast. They also have black streaks on the back and flanks. Females and immature birds have greyer or greenish upperparts, a pale stripe over the eye, and no streaking on the back and no necklace. All of theses birds, regardless of their age, have wing bars and a thin pointed bill.

Their breeding habitats are mature deciduous forests in eastern North America and they migrate to forested mountain areas in South America. Their nests are cup-shaped, and are placed on a horizontal branch high in a hardwood tree.

They forage actively high in trees, sometimes catching insects in flight.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 13 June 2007
Scientific Name Dendroica cerulea
  • Passeriformes
  • Parulidae
  • Dendroica
  • D. cerulea
Birdorable Family Warblers & Whatnots
Conservation Status Vulnerable
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
4 inches
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)


From IUCN Red List:
The Cerulean Warbler is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species is listed as Vulnerable, because its population is estimated to have undergone a rapid decline owing to continuing habitat loss and fragmentation on its breeding and wintering grounds.

International Names

  • Mariquita-azul (Brazilian)
  • Lesňáček Modropláštíkový (Czech)
  • Cyanblå Sanger (Danish)
  • Azuurzanger (Dutch)
  • Latvuskerttuli (Finnish)
  • Paruline Azurée (French)
  • Pappelwaldsänger (German)
  • Dendroica Cerulea (Italian)
  • ミズイロアメリカムシクイ (Mizuiroamerikamushikui) (Japanese)
  • Lasówka Niebieska (Polish)
  • Голубой лесной певун (Russian)
  • Chipe Cerúleo (Spanish)
  • Blåvit Skogssångare (Swedish)

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