All cleaned up after a bath, an Orange -crowned Warbler perches on a branch momentarily before taking off again.
The orange crown on these birds are rarely seen and only visible when the bird is excited and raises its head feathers.
The Orange-crowned Warbler is divided into four subspecies that differ in size, plumage color and molt patterns. The one shown is the Pacific Coast form, lutescens and is the brightest yellow. The one named celata is found in Alaska and across Canada, and is the dullest and grayest. The third subspecies is the sordid and is the darkest green and is found only on the Channel Islands and locally along the coast of southern California and northern Baja California. Last but not least, is the orestera which is intemediate in appearance and found thoughout the Rocky Mountains and Great Basin.
Photo taken on south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada on July 6/19 at 1:19pm.