Bachman's Warbler

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Common Name: Bachman’s Warbler

Scientific Name: Bombycilla cedrorum

Size: 4.5 inches (11cm)

Habitat: North America; South-eastern United States and Western Cuba.

Status: Presumed Extinct. Global Population: unknown. The population declines started around 1900 and large drops by 1950. There have been no confirmed nest sightings since the 1960’s although a few sightings were reported in Cuba in the mid-90’s. The cause for the possible extinct is unknown, however, the loss of habitat both in the United States and Cuba is strongly suspected.

Diet: Insects and spiders it finds among the foliage and dead leaves.

Breeding: Nesting in low, wet forested areas where a constant supply of water was available.

Cool Facts: Bachman’s Warbler is one of the smallest warblers measuring under 4½ inches long and is considered the rarest bird in the United States. The reason for its rarity is that it has not been seen in more than a decade. Unfortunately, it will probably soon be added to the extinct list.

The Bachman’s Warbler is a migratory bird that lives in the southeastern United States and winters in western Cuba. Like most warblers, the Bachman’s warbler fed on insects such as caterpillars and ants.

In 1891, the warbler was observed in Florida feeding in the dead clustered leaves of hackberry and ends of other tree branches. The feeding appeared slow and deliberate, and with the birds sometimes hanging with the upside down while feeding.

Found in Songbird ReMix Threatened Endangered Extinct 1

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