North American birders who are fortunate
to have Yellow Warblers breeding in the backyard may be surprised
to see that the males of the resident race on Aruba have a bright
red cap. Other than that, they look and sound quite similar.
Yellow Warblers are common around Bubali
Bird Sanctuary, in Arikok
National Park, and on many other parts of the island. Some
authors consider this form to be a separate species that they
call the Golden Warbler. Adding to the confusion is the fact
that migrant Yellow Warblers from North America may pass through
or occasionally winter on the ABCs. To make matters further
complicated, some of the immature, worn, or molting resident
Yellow Warblers can look like other warbler species that are
rare or unrecorded for the island such as Tennessee Warbler,
Nashville Warbler, or Cape May Warbler.
Watch our short video of a male Yellow Warbler at Bubali, Aruba, filmed in November, 2011.