Bachman's Warbler Vermivora bachmanii

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The last confirmed breeding record of the distinctively plumaged Bachman’s Warbler was in 1937, and it has not been reported anywhere since 1988, with the result that it is considered to be potentially extinct, the result (if confirmed) of habitat destruction both on the breeding and wintering grounds, especially the loss of river-bottom swamplands and canebrakes. The species is known to have bred in Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, and South Carolina, all in the United States, and to have wintered in Cuba and occasionally Florida. Bachman’s Warbler bred in seasonally flooded swamp-forest, always near standing water, and was apparently strongly associated with canebrakes of the bamboo Arundinaria gigantea. Winter records are available from dry forest, wetlands, and even urban areas, but the species apparently favouring wooded areas with flowering Hibiscus trees.

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Recommended Citation

Bachman's Warbler (Vermivora bachmanii), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/bacwar