Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)


French: Paruline à tête cendrée German: Magnolienwaldsänger Spanish: Reinita de Magnolia

Sylvia magnolia

A. Wilson

, 1811,

not far from Fort Adams, on the Mississippi River, USA


Relationship with other members of genus uncertain. Has hybridized with S. coronata#R. Older name for this taxon Muscicapa lutea formally suppressed by ICZN in 1956#R. Monotypic.


Canada (from C Northwest Territories, E British Columbia and C Alberta E to Newfoundland) S in USA to C Minnesota, C Wisconsin and New England, and S in Appalachians to West Virginia. Migrates to region from S Mexico S to Nicaragua and, in smaller numbers, to C Panama and Caribbean.

Descriptive notes

11–13 cm; 6·6–12·6 g. Male breeding has blue-grey crown, broad white rear supercilium, broad black facial mask extending to sides of neck, narrow... read more


Two song types. Type 1 song a short and variable series of rich musical notes, often transcribed as... read more


Breeds in coniferous forest, especially in dense stands of young spruce (Picea), hemlock... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds almost exclusively on invertebrates, especially lepidopteran larvae, and such other arthropods as spiders (Araneae); takes large... read more


Season Jun–Aug. Nest a cup of grass and weeds, lined with fine rootlets and hair, placed 0·3–1·7 m up in young... read more


Long-distance migrant. Leaves breeding grounds in late Aug and Sept, arriving in wintering areas... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common throughout its range. Has shown a slight decline in recent years, but also local increases where cleared land has... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2019). Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia). 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 on 14 December 2019).