ON EXHIBIT: Cove Forest at River Journey
These birds are one of the first migrant birds to return North during the spring. They are able to digest waxes found in wax myrtles and bayberries which gives it a broader range, with sightings as far north as Canada.
Population may be slightly increasing, as this bird is very widespread. The biggest threat for these birds is flying into man-made obstacles such as buildings, windows, radio towers, etc. In order to help prevent these things, lights on buildings, reflective tape or stickers on windows, and lights on radio towers can give the birds more warning.