Passeriformes: Parulidae and Emberizidae

These two families are some of the largest families represented in the U.S.  Most of these birds are fairly migratory and few are found year round in Arkansas.  The term wood warblers is used to describe the Parulids.  Most of these warblers are associated with trees but this family of warblers is the most colorful of any warbler family.  This is probably the most colorful family of Passeriformes.  The Emberizids are, in many ways, the opposite of Parulidae:  they are mostly brown, dwell mainly on the ground, and are more tolerant of the cold.  However, a big similarity is complexity of song.  These birds have fairly pretty songs and complex songs for the most part.

Parulidae-Wood Warblers

  • Yellow Warbler (Br/C)
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler (Mi/C)
  • Magnolia Warbler (Mi/C)
  • Cape May Warbler (MI/U)
  • Blackburnian Warbler (Mi/C)
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler (Mi/R)
  • Black-throated Green Warbler (Mi/C)
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Wi/C)
  • Pine Warbler (Yr/C)
  • Palm Warbler (Mi/C)
  • Prairie Warbler (Br/C)
  • Blackpoll Warbler (Mi/C)
  • Bay-breasted Warbler (Mi/C)
  • Yellow-throated Warbler (Br/C)
  • Tennessee Warbler (Mi/C)
  • Nashville Warbler (Mi/C)
  • Blue-winged Warbler (Mi/C)
  • Golden-winged Warbler (Mi/U)
  • Orange-crowned Warbler (Wi/C)
  • Northern Parula (Br/C)
  • Black-and-white Warbler (Br/C)
  • American Redstart (Br/C)
  • Prothonotary Warbler (Br/C)
  • Worm-eating Warbler (Br/U)
  • Common Yellowthroat (Br/C) seen in winter in southern Arkansas last year
  • Mourning Warbler (Mi/U)
  • Connecticut Warbler (Mi/R)
  • Kentucky Warbler (Br/C)
  • Northern Waterthrush (Mi/C)
  • Louisiana Waterthrush (Br/C)
  • Ovenbird (Br/C)
  • Swainson’s Warbler (Br/U)
  • Canada Warbler (Mi/U)
  • Hooded Warbler (Br/C)
  • Wilson’s Warbler (Mi/C)
  • Yellow-breasted Chat (Br/C)

Emberizidae-New World Sparrows

  • Eastern Towhee (Yr/C)
  • Spotted Towhee (Wi/R)
  • Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Yr/R) only found around Mt. Magazine
  • Chipping Sparrow (Yr/C)
  • Clay-colored Sparrow (Mi/U)
  • Field Sparrow (Yr/C)
  • American Tree Sparrow (Wi/U)
  • Vesper Sparrow (Wi/C)
  • Lark Sparrow (Br/C)
  • Grasshopper Sparrow (Br/C)
  • Henslow’s Sparrow (Mi/U)
  • LeConte’s Sparrow (Wi/U)
  • Nelson’s Sparrow (Mi/U)
  • Song Sparrow (Wi/C)
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow (Wi/C)
  • Swamp Sparrow (Wi/C)
  • Savannah Sparrow (Wi/C)
  • Fox Sparrow (Wi/C)
  • Harris’s Sparrow (Wi/U)
  • White-crowned Sparrow (Wi/C)
  • White-throated Sparrow (Wi/C)
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Wi/C)


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