- any of several American wood warblers of the genus Parula, especially P. americana (northern parula), having bluish plumage with a yellow throat and breast.
Origin of parula
< New Latin Parula a genus name, alteration of Parulus an earlier genus name, equivalent to Late Latin pār(us) titmouse (akin to Latin parra a bird whose cry was considered a bad omen) + Latin -ulus -ule
Also called parula warbler.
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Examples from the Web for parula
The call note is a chip, which Brewster calls “a soft tchip indistinguishable from that of Parula americana.”
Parula was extensively used as the generic name during the last century, and is now reinstated to replace Compsothlypis.
Occasionally, however, parasitic eggs are found in the dainty pensile nests of the Parula Warbler.
I have not seen enough material to trace subsequent molts and plumages, which doubtless parallel those of the parula warbler.
This species is similar to the Parula but is more extensively yellow below, and has black lores and ear coverts.The Bird Book
Chester A. Reed