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Prothonotary Warbler

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Prothonotary Warbler

The Prothonotary Warbler is a small, brilliant yellow-orange songbird that nests in tree cavities, preferring wooded swampy areas and low-elevation forests close to rivers. It is one of only two warbler species that nest in cavitites. The bird breeds in the southeastern United States and up the Mississippi River valley and winters in the mangrove forests of Central and South America.

The name “Prothonotary” refers to officials in the Roman Catholic church, whose robes were bright yellow.    

Logging and farming has destroyed about 90% of the Prothonotary Warbler’s original breeding grounds leading to a steep decline in population. The rapid deforestation of mangroves in northern parts of South America also threaten the future of the species.