New World warbler
|New World warblers|
The New World warblers or wood-warblers are a group of small, often colorful,
It is likely that this group originated in northern
The scientific name for the family, Parulidae, originates from the fact that
All the warblers are fairly small. The smallest species is the
The migratory species tend to lay larger clutches of eggs, typically up to six, since the hazards of their journeys mean that many individuals will have only one chance to breed. In contrast, the laying of two eggs is typical for many tropical species, since the chicks can be provided with better care, and the adults are likely to have further opportunities for reproduction.
Many migratory species, particularly those which breed further north, have distinctive male plumage at least in the breeding season, since males need to reclaim territory and advertise for mates each year. This tendency is particularly marked in the large genus