Pictures of the beautiful Yellow Warbler (Dendroica aestiva) in the wild.
The Yellow Warbler is a small yellow songbird, only measuring 5 inches in length. The male warbler is yellow all over with reddish streaking on it's belly. Both males and females are yellow overall with yellow-olive wings, back and tail. They both have a short, thin beak. These Warblers are found throughout North America and migrate down into the tropics.
Yellow Warblers are common in wetlands, thickets and orchards. They build strong nests in tree forks or bushes. Females build the nests while the males watch - isn't that just like a guy! The Yellow Warbler nest is frequently invaded by cowbirds who also lay their eggs in the nest. Instead of kicking the eggs out or abandoning the nest, the female Yellow Warbler builds a new layer of nest on top of the original nest, like a 2nd floor in a house. She will then lay NEW eggs on the new floor of the nest. There have been documented nests with as many as 6 floors in them. That's a lot of nest building for the male to sit around watching!
Yellow Warblers are monogamous birds. Once they have a set of eggs that aren't invaded and wind up hatching, both the male and the female bird feed the babies for 9-12 days. Yellow Warblers mainly feed on insects, but also will eat fruit and larvae. They forage for their food in bushes and trees.