Have you seen an orange-crowned warbler? Have you ever seen his crown?
Orange-crowned warblers (Oreothlypis celata) are difficult to identify because they are so dull. They’re drab grayish-yellow or olive-yellow birds with no wing bars and no obvious field marks except for yellow undertail coverts, very pointy beaks (like so many other warblers) and faint gray eyelines.
Like ruby-crowned kinglets, orange-crowned warblers don’t raise their head feathers unless they’re excited. Kinglets are often excited but these warblers are calm. I’d never seen an orange crown … until now.
Thanks to David Amamoto we can finally see how the bird got his name. Great photo, David!
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(photo by David Amamoto)