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About the Prothonotary Warbler

The Prothonotary Warbler is a small species of songbird that lives across parts of eastern North America. Prothonotary Warblers are named for the bright yellow color of the males. Prothonotaries were clerks of the Roman Catholic Church, and their traditional robes were yellow in color.

Unlike most species of warbler, Prothonotary Warblers nest in tree cavities. Their preferred habitat is woodland near water, or flooded woodland.

Prothonotary Warblers feed by gleaning insects from tree foliage.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 09 July 2010
Scientific Name Protonotaria citrea
  • Passeriformes
  • Parulidae
  • Protonotaria
  • P. citrea
Birdorable Family Warblers & Whatnots
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • 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 29 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
5.5 inches
8.75 inches
.56 ounces
Range North America Central America South America United States (East)

International Names

  • Mariquita-protonotária (Brazilian)
  • lesňáček zlatý (Czech)
  • Blommegul Sanger (Danish)
  • Citroenzanger (Dutch)
  • kolokerttuli (Finnish)
  • Paruline orangée (French)
  • Zitronenwaldsänger (German)
  • Protonotaria citrina (Italian)
  • オウゴンアメリカムシクイ (ougon'amerikamushikui) (Japanese)
  • Plommeparula (Norwegian)
  • bursztynka (Polish)
  • протонотариус (Russian)
  • Chipe Anaranjado (Spanish)
  • Gyllenskogssångare (Swedish)

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