The Orange-breasted Warbler
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John Cassin (1813-1869)
Plate 48, The Orange-breasted Warbler
From: Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1856
Paper dimensions: 6 ¾ ” x 10 ½ "
Framed dimensions: 12 ¾” x 21 ”
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A bird of the coniferous forests of the Northeast, the Orange-breasted Warbler, also known as the Blackburnian Warbler, is breathtaking in its brilliant orange-and-black breeding plumage. The breeding male has a throat and upper breast of deep orange, yellow-orange sides, neck, eyestripe, line on forecrown, and eye arc, and black face patch, crown, and black. The lower breast is yellowish with black streaks on the sides and the belly is white or yellowish. The wings are black with broad white wingbars that run together into a white patch. The plumage of the nonbreeding warblers are similar to the breeding ones, but with less intense orange and more yellow, olive edges and black back feathers.