Natural Highlights: Northern Parula

The Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) is one of many neotropical migrants moving through the Midsouth area every spring.  Along with the Prothonotary, Yellow-throated, and Black-throated Green Warbers and many other bird species, the Northern Parula has a fondness for the bottomland hardwood forests along the Wolf River, and it does nest here, though it prefers to nest in hanging spanish or beard moss.  As is typical of the wood warblers, this bright little bird flits quickly through the upper branches of the forest, gleaning invertebrates from the leaves and bark.  Warblers can be challenging to see, so learning their songs makes it much easier to determine who's around you. The Northern Parula has an ascending buzzy trill with a final sharp note.  You can learn more about the Northern Parula, listen to its song, and see a video clip below.

Video of Northern Parula

Northern Parula Sounds


Audubon Field Guide



Posted by Cathy Justis at 9:16 AM