Cape May Warbler

Setophaga tigrina (JF Gmelin, 1789) CAMWA 17490
Family: Passeriformes > Parulidae

The first record of this striking North American warbler, which normally winters in the Caribbean, was of a spring singing male; this led some to wonder whether it had been here all winter.

More recently, an immature Cape May Warbler was found on Shetland, in autumn 2013, conforming to the more typical arrival pattern of transatlantic vagrants.

The tongue of the Cape May Warbler is unique among warblers. It is curled and semi-tubular, and is used to collect nectar during winter.

Select a topic for more facts and statistics about the Cape May Warbler

  • Breeding
  • Winter
29 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
29 records


29 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
29 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Cape May Warbler, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Catalan: bosquerola tigrada
Czech: lesnácek skvrnitý
Danish: Brunkindet Sanger
Dutch: Tijgerzanger
Estonian: kuusesäälik
Finnish: rusoposkikerttuli
French: Paruline tigrée
German: Tigerwaldsänger
Hungarian: tigrislombjáró
Icelandic: Flóaskríkja
Italian: Dendroica di Cape May
Latvian: tigerkaukis
Lithuanian: tigrinis kruminukas
Norwegian: Brunkinnparula
Polish: lasówka rdzawolica
Portuguese: mariquita-do-cabo-may
Slovak: horárik tigrovaný
Slovenian: tigrasti gozdicar
Spanish: Reinita atigrada
Swedish: brunkindad skogssångare

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