Bird guides have pictures of “breeding plumage”–but how long does breeding plumage last? Does a bird have it for only 3 weeks? for half the year? How do I know when to look for breeding plumage, and when to look for nonbreeding plumage?

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

It’s species-specific, and I believe to a lesser extent can also be population/location/individual-specific within a species. But in general the cycles are a period of months.

A good field guide (I’m a Sibley fan) will give you an idea by captioning the illustrations with a range of months. Is there a particular species you’re wondering about? I can give more details if so.

Some examples:

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Photo

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

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occasionallybirds: Yellow-rumped warbler (Setophaga…

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

occasionallybirds:

Yellow-rumped warbler (Setophaga coronata)

October 10, 2019

Southeastern Pennsylvania

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occasionallybirds: Yellow-rumped warbler (Setophaga…

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

occasionallybirds:

Yellow-rumped warbler (Setophaga coronata)

October 10, 2019

Southeastern Pennsylvania

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brooklynbridgebirds:Yellow-rumped WarblerBrooklyn Bridge Park,…

Monday, October 28th, 2019

brooklynbridgebirds:

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1

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klemannlee: Yellow-rump Warbler

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

klemannlee:

Yellow-rump Warbler

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greenandflex:Be Quiet!

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

greenandflex:

Be Quiet!

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greenandflex:Be Quiet!

Sunday, April 21st, 2019

greenandflex:

Be Quiet!

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greenandflex:Junior W.

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

greenandflex:

Junior W.

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jevajeva: Yellow-Rumped Warblers (Setophaga coronata) and felled…

Friday, February 1st, 2019

jevajeva:

Yellow-Rumped Warblers (Setophaga coronata) and felled tree.

acrylic on panel, 16″ x 20″

2018

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greenandflex: Yes

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

greenandflex:

Yes

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greenandflex:feed me 

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

greenandflex:

feed me 

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greenandflex: wait for me

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

greenandflex:

wait for me

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brooklynbridgebirds: Yellow-rumped WarblerBrooklyn Bridge…

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

brooklynbridgebirds:

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Shrub path between Piers 1 & 2

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greenandflex: I will be here this winter

Friday, December 7th, 2018

greenandflex:

I will be here this winter

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speakingofnature: Beautiful October weather brought out the…

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

speakingofnature:

Beautiful October weather brought out the Yellow-rumped Warblers (Setophaga coronata) in good numbers today. They moved quickly through the trees gleaning what they could find.

So. Many. YRWAs.

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greenandflex: not you again

Monday, October 29th, 2018

greenandflex:

not you again

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lberghol: A wee bright Butterbutt to brighten up this gloomy…

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

lberghol:

A wee bright Butterbutt to brighten up this gloomy day! #yellowrumpedwarbler #audubonsyellowrumpedwarbler #warbler #butterbutt #nycaudubon #nycnature #nycparks #nycbirds #bird #birding #brooklynbirding #brooklyn #greenwoodcemetery #floweringtree #spring #migration #urbanbirding #urbanwildlife #nycwildlife #audubon #wildnyc #myfavoriteseason (at Green-Wood Cemetery)

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oceanodroma:A lil pollen dusted Yellow-rumped warbler in a…

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

oceanodroma:

A lil pollen dusted Yellow-rumped warbler in a cherry tree eating all the little bugs he can find. 

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debunkshy:Yellow-rumped WarblerSt Marks NWR, FL2-18-18

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

debunkshy:

Yellow-rumped Warbler
St Marks NWR, FL
2-18-18

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