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1 March 2011 Cerulean Warbler Occurrence and Habitat use in Oklahoma
Vincent S. Cavalieri, Timothy J. O'Connell, David M. Leslie
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Dendroica cerulea (Cerulean Warbler) is a migrant songbird that has declined rangewide in recent decades. We surveyed 150 sites in 2006–2007 to determine if this species still occupied its former breeding range in Oklahoma. We located Cerulean Warblers at 5 sites and confirmed breeding on north slopes of two heavily forested ridges in the Ouachita Mountains. We did not encounter Cerulean Warblers in any bottomland hardwoods, despite the former widespread distribution and abundance of the species in such habitats. While habitat loss and degradation may limit occurrence of Cerulean Warbler in some areas, the pattern of decline for this species at the edge of its range in Oklahoma is also consistent with abandonment of peripheral range as the range-wide population declines.

Vincent S. Cavalieri, Timothy J. O'Connell, and David M. Leslie "Cerulean Warbler Occurrence and Habitat use in Oklahoma," Southeastern Naturalist 10(1), 167-177, (1 March 2011).
Published: 1 March 2011

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