Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)

Bachman's Warbler (Vermivora bachmanii)


Taxonomy

French: Paruline de Bachman German: Gelbstirn-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita de Bachman
Taxonomy:

Sylvia Bachmanii

Audubon

, 1833,

“a few miles from Charleston, South Carolina”

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Probably sister to pairing of V. chrysoptera and V. cyanoptera. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE USA (from Mississippi drainage E to Virginia and S to Alabama) but last confirmed record in 1962 (near Charleston, South Carolina)#R; recorded in winter in Cuba and (presumably) I of Pines. Possibly extinct.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; no data on body mass. Male had black forecrown and bib; yellow forehead, chin, lower breast and belly; whitish lower belly; greyish or olive-grey nape; yellow eyering... read more

Voice

Two extant recordings, one made in Virginia in 1954, the other in South Carolina in 1958. Song a... read more

Habitat

On the breeding grounds, old-growth stands of bottomland hardwoods with dense understorey, swamps... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Primarily insects and other small invertebrates year-round (especially caterpillars and spiders), the birds perhaps... read more

Breeding

Egg-laying mostly in Apr and May; no documented cases of double brooding. Nest constructed mostly or solely by female, a compact cup of... read more

Movements

Few data. Most of population thought to have left breeding grounds in Jul or Aug to winter in Cuba... read more

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED (POSSIBLY EXTINCT). Two possible scenarios have been proposed for population trajectories in 1830–1985. First, if published reports accurately... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Bachman's Warbler (Vermivora bachmanii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/1344154 on 23 July 2019).