A Blackburnian Warbler is more vibrantly colored and tinier in real life than you could ever imagine — like a flying jewel!
Most of them have already passed through Central Park on their way from Central and South America to their northern breeding grounds, but if you are lucky, you may still catch a glimpse of one. The males are the only North American warblers with a flaming orange throat and distinctive black-and-white markings. The females and juveniles are less brilliantly colored in the spring and all of them are a bit drabber when they return in the fall as they head back to their southern climes.
Look for them high up in the treetops or low down when sipping water or taking a bath, at Laupot or Triplets Bridge, or in the Loch in Central Park. They are named after Anne Blackburne, a British naturalist in the 1700s. If there were a reddish-purple warbler, what a thrill it would be to have it called a Boysenberrian!
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