Northern Parula

About the Northern Parula

Also known as: American Parula, Blue Yellow-backed Warber, Parula Warbler

The Northern Parula is a species of warbler that breeds in the eastern part of North America. These small migratory birds spend the winter in warm climates, from Florida down to Central America.

Male Northern Parulas have grey upperparts with yellow breasts. In the breeding season they also develop blue and rufous breast bands. Females are similar, but their colors are duller. Both have white eye-rings.

Northern Parulas feed on insects and spiders by foraging through foliage. During the winter they may supplement their diet with berries and other vegetation.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 17 November 2010
Scientific Name
Parula americana
  • Passeriformes
  • Parulidae
  • Parula
  • P. americana
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
4.5 inches
7 inches
.3 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) lesňáček lišejníkový
Danish (Dansk) Parulasanger
Dutch (Nederlands) Noordelijke Parula
Finnish (Suomi) tiaiskerttuli
French (Français) Paruline à collier
German (Deutsch) Meisenwaldsänger
Italian (Italiano) Parula americana
Japanese (日本語) アサギアメリカムシクイ (asagiamerikamushikui)
Norwegian (Norsk) Stryparula
Polish (Polski) lasówka obrozna
Spanish (Español) Párula de Pecho Dorado
Swedish (Svenska) Messångare
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