Depending upon where you live in North America, warbler migration has begun. Here's a quiz we hope will prepare you to enjoy fall warbler watching!
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Can You Identify These Fall Warblers?
Fall Warblers: Confusing or Not?

By Dawn Hewitt
Managing Editor | Bird Watcher's Digest

Depending upon where you live in North America, warbler migration has begun. Tennessee and Nashville warblers are among the early birds to head south, while bay-breasteds and others are relative laggards. Fall migration, unfortunately, isn’t heralded with the dawn chorus of spring; the birds are not helping us identify them with their distinctive songs. Even so, there are more warblers heading south each fall than head north each spring because of the addition of hatch-year birds who have not yet faced the perils of migration. The density of birds to be watched suggests better birding during fall than spring—until someone mentions “confusing fall warblers.” To a large extent, though, the challenge of fall warblers is hatch-year birds in juvenal plumage, which may or may not resemble their parents’ appearance. Here’s a quiz we hope will prepare you to enjoy fall warbler watching.

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Cape May Warbler in Fall Plumage
True or False?
All North American wood-warblers change their appearance entirely from spring (breeding) to fall (non-breeding) plumage.
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Question #2: Which of the following warblers has wing bars? Click for the answer.
Presence or absence of wing bars is a great place to start in narrowing the ID of a warbler. Which of the following warblers has wing bars?
a) Blackpoll
b) Nashville
c) Common yellow-throat
d) Orange-crowned
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Question #3: Which species does not have wing bars? Click for the answer.
Which of the following species do not have wing bars?
a) Bay-breasted
b) Pine
c) Yellow-rumped
d) Wilson’s
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