Myrtle Warbler (formerly Yellow-rumped Warbler p.p.) (Setophaga coronata)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Genus: Setophaga
Species: coronata


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama
Cullman, Alabama
Barling, Arkansas
Mission Viejo, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Felda, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Dacula, Georgia
Anna, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Yale, Iowa
Irvine, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Jeanerette, Louisiana
Annapolis, Maryland
Hamel, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Monticello, Minnesota
Madison, Mississippi
Conway, Missouri
Marlton, New Jersey
Himrod, New York
Cary, North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Roseburg, Oregon
Tiller, Oregon
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Baytown, Texas
Cleburne, Texas
Deer Park, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Keller, Texas
La Porte, Texas
Needville, Texas
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Walkerton, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Feb 16, 2014, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

I have seen this bird for the very first time everyday this week of Valentines Day February 2014, and did not know what it was. It looks like a common brown sparrow but has these bright yellow gold side patches, the only images I could come across on google trying to find out what it was were pics of the female yellow rump audubon warbler, but searching under just warbler here in birdfiles I now know it is a female, or immature male,yellow rump ' Myrtle Warbler '. This bird is very cheerful and intelligent, and loves to sit and observe, but only from to about a max 8-10 foot distance as I have been trying to photograph mine all week and it wont let me get close enough, but loves to eat shell-less seed and suet cakes and watch me do yard work from a distance. Very pretty bird!


On Mar 23, 2013, tlm1 from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

For years we have been seeing this little one only in the Winter. Mainly eating bugs both in the trees and on the ground. Although this Winter they have been visiting our Suet feeders, and occasionally have been seen at the seed feeders. They seem to really prefer the Suet.


On Apr 11, 2010, plantladylin from (Zone 1) wrote:

My Florida bird book states that this is the most abundant wintering warbler in Florida due in part to it's habit of feeding on winter berries of the widely distributed wax myrtle. It states that their diet also consists of insects.

The Myrtle Warbler appears here in Florida @ October and may remain until April. This past winter is the first time I've ever seen the Myrtle Warbler in my area. I noticed them at the feeders a few times and wondered if they were attracted by the dehydrated mealworms that I mix in with the seed.

A very pretty little bird!


On Feb 12, 2010, jma from Annapolis, MD wrote:

Sighted twice about 3 miles east of downtown Annapolis, MD. This morning around 9:00 (02/12/2010) and last week. This is the first time I've ever seen this little bird. The flashes of yellow caught my eye. We've had a significant amount of snow the past 10 days and this morning I tossed seed and bread onto the deep snow/ice covered back deck so the birds would have something to eat until the feeders are dug out and refilled.


On Feb 3, 2010, Junipertrail from Raleigh, NC wrote:

In the winter I get a lot of these warblers. There were 12 on my feeders this morning. They love a homemade suet and a suet peanut etc. combination that I scrape onto a board and hang on one of my poles. I had one yesterday that continuously chased the others away. He never ate because he was so busy being a bully. They also eat a seed cake I have but really like the suet feeders the best.


On Jan 12, 2010, sunfarm from Irvine, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is the only warbler I have seen in wintertime in central Kentucky, Saw one amongst the goldfinches at a feeder yesterday.


On Mar 12, 2009, sonnet from Hamel, MN wrote:

They are not feeder birds for me, but I have noticed many of them at Swan Lake in Plymouth MN over the past year or so. I love the flash of yellow they display as they flit through the branches!


On Jan 5, 2009, DebinSC from Georgetown, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Also known as "Myrtle Warbler".