Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
(aka Dendroica palmarum)
Palm Warbler, Bermejas, Zapata Swamp, Cuba, February 2005 - click for larger image

February 2005

The Palm Warbler breeds in Canada and the north-eastern corner of the USA. It winters in south-east USA, Central America and the West Indies. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. In winter it is found in a wide variety of habitats almost always near or on the ground. It is probably the commonest warbler in Cuba during the winter.

Palm Warbler, La Güira, Cuba, February 2005 - click for larger image In winter plumage, it is greyish-brown above with a whitish supercilium and pale, often indistinct wing-bars. Below it is whitish with brown streaks on the throat and breast. These streaks are much more pronounced in the first photo than in the other two birds. Undertail coverts are yellow and it wags its tail incessantly.
Palm Warbler, Cayo Coco, Cuba, February 2005 - click for larger image The bird in the third photo has been ringed.

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