Caption Group
Stephen Menzie

2. Adult male Kirtland’s Warbler Setophaga kirtlandii, Michigan, USA, May 2023. The species is globally Near Threatened, with the population hitting a low of 167 singing males in 1974. A successful recovery plan has seen numbers increase substantially since then. Would a change of name – ‘Jack Pine Warbler’ seems a likely option – threaten the species’ continuing recovery by removing a familiar name, or could it help by intrinsically linking the bird to the habitat where it breeds? 

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