Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
MacGillivray's Warbler - Geothlypis tolmiei
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General Comments Accidental/casual. There are four accepted records of this Western species, with two of them found near Lake Mattamuskeet (Hyde), separated by about 9 years and 10 miles. One freshly road-killed individual was found on 6 Nov 1998*; the specimen is preserved at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences [Chat 65:108-112 link], [Chat 65:85 link]. The second bird was found on the Lake Mattamuskeet CBC on 29 Dec 2007, and was relocated by several observers and photographed on 1 Jan 2008* [Chat 73:2 link]. The third was a sight record in Manteo, (Dare), on 11-12 Oct 2012* [Chat 77:6-10 link], [Chat 77:33 link]. The fourth was one photographed and seen by many people at Duck (Dare) from 3 Dec 2020 - 30 Jan 2021* [Chat 85:75 link].
Breeding Status Nonbreeder
NC BRC List Definitive
State Status
U.S. Status
State Rank SA
Global Rank G5
Coastal Plain Four records (see above).
Piedmont No records.
Mountains No records.
Finding Tips
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Attribution LeGrand[2021-05-18], LeGrand[2018-02-01], LeGrand[2013-06-12]
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