SCIENTIFIC NAME:Protonotaria citrea POPULATION: 1.8 million TREND: Stable HABITAT: Breeds in bottomland swamps and flooded woodlands; winters in coastal mangroves and lowland forests along streams
This warbler looks like a bit of spring sunlight with its golden-yellow head and breast set off by blue-gray wings. “Prothonotary” refers to clerks in the Roman Catholic Church, whose robes were bright yellow.
Habitat lossand competition for nest holes are a problem for this species, which is one of only two cavity-nesting North American warblers. (The other isLucy’s Warbler.)