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Hooded Warbler
(Wilsonia citrina)

Hooded warblerThis striking resident of North American forests is a “signature” species of eastern hardwood forests, meaning that it is a characteristic bird to be found in Pennsylvania’s woodlands. During the breeding season the hooded warbler prefers dense, brushy growth in mature forests, a habitat that is abundant around the banding station.

The song of the male hooded warbler is unique to each bird, and the birds are able to remember their neighbors’ songs from year to year. They also use the songs to associate each other with a specific location. It is thought that the ability to identify potential rivals in this way may help the birds reduce the number of battles for territory during the breeding season; if they can recognize a neighbor who has his own territory, the males can conserve their energy for driving off other males whose songs they don't recognize.

Color and markings play a big part in this bird's story. The hooded warbler has the characteristic behavior of flicking or fanning the tail to display white spots on the outer tail feathers. The impressive "hood" frames the big eyes, which are among the largest in the warbler world. And, of course, the word citrina in its scientific name is Latin for “yellow.”.


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Adoptions at the $50 Level include these benefits:

  • Optional e-card for gift recipients (look on confirmation page after purchase)
  • Personalized adoption certificate printed with unique band number, photo of adopted species, and species highlights
  • Replica bird band
  • Invitation to attend a special adopter-only morning at the bird banding station
  • eNews updates about our bird research
  • One free pass to Carnegie Museum of Natural History; $32 of each $50 adoption is tax-deductible
  • Admission to Powdermill Nature Reserve is always free

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213
One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

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