A subspecies of the Yellow Warbler that inhabits the coastal mangroves of northern South America and Central America. This is the first record of this species for San Diego and one of the few for the United States. The first known U.S. occurrence of this bird was photographed in Rockport, Texas, in 1978. Apparently, this bird can be found on a regular basis along the south Texas coast near Port Isabel and South Padre Island.
The Yellow Warbler has 35 subspecies divided into three main groups: Yellow Warbler proper (aestiva group), the Mangrove Warbler (erithachorides group), and the Golden Warbler (petechia group). Amoungst these groups there exist different races, some with different plumages.
General: 5 inches in length; slightly larger than northern Yellow Warbler.
Adult Male: Chestnut or rust colored head. Yellow plumage. Greenish-yellow upperparts. Narrow, sharply defined chestnut or rust colored streaks on breast and flanks. Thin, dark pointed bill. Greenish-yellow wings and tail with yellow edges.
Adult Female: Similar to northern Yellow Warbler, but duller in color. Yellow plumage. Greenish-yellow upperparts. Lacks or has barely visible streaks on breast and flanks. Thin, dark pointed bill. Greenish-yellow wings and tail with yellow edges.
Coastal mangroves of northern South America and Central America.
- Midway District, San Diego, CA