Prothonotary Warbler

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.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 09 July 2010
Scientific Name
Protonotaria citrea
  • Passeriformes
  • Parulidae
  • Protonotaria
  • P. citrea
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 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
5.5 inches
8.75 inches
.56 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Mariquita-protonotária
Czech (Cesky) lesňáček zlatý
Danish (Dansk) Blommegul Sanger
Dutch (Nederlands) Citroenzanger
Finnish (Suomi) kolokerttuli
French (Français) Paruline orangée
German (Deutsch) Zitronenwaldsänger
Italian (Italiano) Protonotaria citrina
Japanese (日本語) オウゴンアメリカムシクイ (ougon'amerikamushikui)
Norwegian (Norsk) Plommeparula
Polish (Polski) bursztynka
Russian (русский язык) протонотариус
Spanish (Español) Chipe Anaranjado
Swedish (Svenska) Gyllenskogssångare
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