Magnolia Warblers prefer to breed in lowlands, bogs, and old clearings where conifers
abound. The cup nest of small twigs and grasses is usually located close to the ground up
to 15 feet. Three to 5 eggs are laid. The young are tended by both parents and leave the
nest in 8 - 10 days.
According to records at the Bird Banding Laboratory in Laurel, MD, a total of 200,263
Magnolia Warblers have been banded since 1955. Of these, 58 have been recovered, a
recovery rate of 0.029%.
Magnolia Warblers feed mainly on insects and spiders. Breeding Bird Survey data
indicate populations are increasing in some regions, especially the west. In the east,
however, populations have declined.
Mearns, B. and R. Mearns. 1992. Audubon to Xántus. The lives of those commemorated in
the North American bird names. Academic Press, New York. 588 Pp.
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