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BIRD OF THE WEEK
CAPE MAY WARBLER
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Setophaga tigrina
POPULATION: 8.1 million
HABITAT: Breeds in coniferous forests; winters in tropical forests, gardens, and shade coffee plantations.
One of those many birds with a puzzling common name, Cape May Warbler doesn’t spend much time in its namesake locale. Instead, Cape May, New Jersey is the place where famed ornithologist Alexander Wilson first described this eye-catching species.
Cape May Warbler is a fairly common migrant that passes through New Jersey en route to its breeding or wintering grounds. Its Latin name, tigrina, is a far more accurate way to describe it, especially the vividly tiger-striped male. (Females and juveniles are also striped, but in more subdued colors.)