Prothonotary Warblers


Prothonotary Warblers in North Louisiana

Prothonotary warbler looking out from its perch on a tree limb

Did you know that the prothonotary warbler is one of two warbler species that nests in dead tree cavities?

Prothonotary Warblers
a Glance

Key Features:

Male prothonotary warblers are yellow with blue-gray wings and tails. Females are paler than males.

Least Concern - Population Decreasing


Bottomland forests, swamps, and near lakes and streams

nesting habits:

Prothonotary warblers build their nests in the cavities of dead trees out of cypress bark, grass, leaves, moss, rootlets, and sedges.

seasons prothonotary warblers are active in our area:



Insects, snails, spiders, and seeds

hunting Behavior:

Prothonotary warblers forage by hopping from branch to branch or on the ground.

commonly confused with:

Hooded Warblers

Prothonotary warbler looking around from a perch on a tree limb

Prothonotary warblers are often confused with male hooded warblers due to both being yellow birds.

Prothonotary warblers have yellow heads while hooded warblers have black on their heads.

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