Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia



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Adult male

Small-billed, long-tailed warbler. Adult males have distinctive black streaking that radiates from a black neck band creating a necklaced look. White undertail coverts and black-tipped tail are diagnostic at all ages.

Female/immature male

Small-billed, long-tailed warbler. Females/immatures have a gray head, a faint gray band across the neck, and 2 narrow white wingbars.

Adult female

Adult females do not have as strong of a black mask and lack the black back seen on adult males, though some females show darker necklace stripes like a male. Adult females are often paler overall with thinner wingbars.

Female/immature male

Females/immatures have less black on the back and fainter streaking on the flanks and chest.

Adult male

Adult males have a black patch on the back, a wide white wing patch, and a black mask.

Female/immature male

White undertail coverts and black-tipped tail are diagnostic at all ages. Females/immatures have a gray head and faint gray band across the neck.

Adult male

Adult males are bright yellow below with obvious black streaking on the chest and flanks as well as a black mask and black back.


Found in dense stands of all ages during migration. Breeds in areas with young evergreen trees.

Recommended Citation

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: